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Long Island Cops Step Up Patrols, Use Checkpoints To Bust Drunk Drivers

11 Already Arrested At Checkpoint In Suffolk County

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Holiday travelers weren’t the only ones hitting the road for Labor Day Weekend. Extra cops were out in force looking for speeders and drunk drivers.

Some of those cops were on the scene in Brookhaven where a woman was killed after two cars collided and one slammed into a utility pole.

Authorities weren’t sure what caused that crash or if alcohol was a factor but spikes in drinking and driving over major holidays prompted a law enforcement to draw up a battle plan.

Thousands of drivers were stopped for sobriety tests in Port Jefferson Station. Some wound up in handcuffs, others were simply left waiting in line.

“I know it’s to save lives but it’s still annoying,” Patchogue resident Chris Colucci told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin.

The checkpoint in Port Jefferson Station had already netted eleven arrests on Saturday night and more were expected.

“We want you to get home safe and we don’t want anyone else to get hurt as well,” Sgt. Robert Mcdonald said.

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