To combat drunk driving as New Year’s approaches, Nassau County police will be out in force this weekend, stepping up its enforcement of DWI (driving while intoxicated) laws with the “STOP-DWI” program.
County Executive Ed Mangano spotlighted the initiative funded by DWI fines collected in Nassau at a morning press conference on Dec. 27, which included Police Commissioner Thomas Dale and representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Restaurants Against Drink Driving and All Island Transportation.
The number of police officers out on patrol wthis weekend will be increased. The county's Highway Patrol Bureau will coordinate the additional patrols.There were 55 DWI arrests in Nassau over last year’s New Year’s holiday.
“New Year’s Eve is typically one of the biggest party nights of the year. We will be targeting drunk drivers and looking to prevent the kind of senseless alcohol-related accidents that, unfortunately, often occur during a holiday. There will be additional police patrols all around Nassau County and chances are if you drive drunk at any point over New Year’s Eve, you will be arrested,” Mangano said.
Tips to avoid driving after drinking.
• If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.
• Take mass transit, a cab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
• Spend the night where the activity is being held.
• Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against a drunk driver.
“Make responsible and smart decisions during your celebrations, and plan accordingly so everyone can return home safely to their loved ones. Be smart - a taxi is a much better choice than the backseat of a patrol car,” Mangano said. “Please ‘think before you drink’ this weekend.”