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Police Out In Force Memorial Day Weekend Looking For Drunk Drivers And Boaters

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A man undergoes a sobriety test at a drunk driving checkpoint - File / Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A man undergoes a sobriety test at a drunk driving checkpoint – File / Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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LONG ISLAND, NY (WCBS 880/AP) – Memorial Day weekend, authorities will be out in full force looking for drunk boaters and drivers.

This holiday weekend, the water is a big draw for Long Islanders, especially with the air show at Jones Beach. But police say have fun, just don’t operate a car or boat drunk.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports: Police Out In Force Looking For Drunk Drivers And Boaters

Authorities in both Nassau and Suffolk counties are out in full force this weekend looking for intoxicated drivers.

New York State police are also in the midst of their annual “Click it or Ticket” seat-belt law enforcement campaign.

The Troop T initiative will continue through the holiday weekend on the state Thruway. Hundreds of other law enforcement agencies are participating in the program throughout the state.

State law requires all front-seat occupants to be properly secured, regardless of age. All rear-seat passengers under 16 must also be belted.

Drivers and front-seat passengers 16 or older can be fined up to $50 for not using their seat belts. Drivers who fail to have children properly secured can be fined $100 and receive three points on their license.

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