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Sheriff DeMarco Announces Stepped Up DWI Enforcement on Long Island's East End

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 7/2/2015 | Views: 5203
New SPIDRE Law Enforcement Team will be on the Lookout for Drunk Drivers

YAPHANK, NY-- Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco announced today that a new DWI enforcement team called the Sheriff’s Proactive Impaired Driving Effort (SPIDRE) will be out in force this holiday weekend patrolling Long Island’s five East End towns. He was joined by Assistant County Executive Timothy Sini, Deputy Sheriffs specially trained as Drug Recognition Experts, and Richard Finn, the County’s STOP-DWI Coordinator at today’s press conference in Yaphank. The SPIDRE enforcement team was funded through the County STOP-DWI program, which is 100% supported by fines collected from individuals that are convicted of alcohol and/or drug related traffic infractions.

The SPIDRE enforcement team includes three Deputy Sheriff Drug Recognition Experts (DRE’s). During patrols this past weekend, they made five DWI arrests, including one for DWI Drugs and one Leandra Law violation. This weekend, the Sheriff’s BAT Mobile, a completely self-contained D.W.I. processing center, will also be stationed in East Hampton to enable Deputy Sheriffs to quickly process arrests and maximize time patrolling the roads.

Sheriff DeMarco stated, “This new enforcement team will be focusing their attention on the five eastern towns throughout the summer, and we’ll be arresting drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol. My advice to East End partiers – don’t get behind your wheel if you’re not sober. Designate someone else to drive.”

“The County Executive is proud to support the STOP-DWI program. In the past 3 years, we have seen incredible results, and with a 25 percent increase in revenue generated by the collection of fines, we have been able to drive down fatalities on county roads by 25 percent. We thank the Sheriff and all of the county’s law enforcement agencies for their efforts,” stated Assistant Deputy County Executive Timothy Sini.

Sheriff DeMarco added, “Driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol can kill. One accident can destroy many lives, and in a moment’s time. We want everyone to stay safe this weekend and enjoy the summer, so I hope the public will respond by staying off the roads when they have had too much to drink.”

Deputy Sheriff Micheal Kern, Assistant Deputy County Executive Timothy Sini, Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco (at podium), and Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs Police Benevolent Association President John Becker are pictured at a press conference at the Enforcement Bureau in Yaphank on July 2, 2015 announcing the new SPIDRE enforcement effort.

(From left to right) Deputy Sheriff Micheal Kern, Assistant Deputy County Executive Timothy Sini, Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco (at podium), and Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs Police Benevolent Association President John Becker are pictured at a press conference at the Enforcement Bureau in Yaphank on July 2, 2015 announcing the new SPIDRE enforcement effort.


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