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Drunk Driving Task Force Hits Long Island For Memorial Day Weekend

Authorities announce a crackdown on drunk driving - Riverhead, NY - May 23, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Authorities announce a crackdown on drunk driving – Riverhead, NY – May 23, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - More than a dozen different law enforcement agencies on Long Island have formed a task force focused on nabbing drunk drivers, WCBS 880 Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

They will be out there for Memorial Day weekend, and every weekend through Labor Day.

“Drink responsibly. Drive responsibly. That’s our message because if they don’t do that, they’re going to be arrested,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota told reporters on Wednesday.

State, county, and local authorities have teamed up and will target drivers on the island’s east end who drink, as well as those who take drugs.

“We will be out in force,” said Southampton Police Chief William Wilson. “We will be aggressively targeting those that are operating while under the influence.”

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