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Some Residents Concerned With Drop In Nassau County DWI Arrests

Nassau County police cruiser (File/Credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Nassau County police cruiser (File/Credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

NASSAU COUNTY (CBSNewYork) — While other nearby areas have seen an increase in DWI arrests, in Nassau County, Long Island, the numbers have recently dropped.

Now, as WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Thursday, some are wondering if the drop in numbers could be linked to the disbandment of the task force that used to make DWI arrests.

Marge Lee, with the group Dedicatedd, said it’s very odd that in Suffolk County and in Queens, DWI arrests have increased, but in Nassau the numbers have fallen in the past three years.

“In Nassau County, which is wedged between Suffolk and Queens, we’re the only ones whose numbers have dropped — that’s not logical,” she said.

Lee suggested it could have something to do with disbanding the specialized DWI task force in 2011.

“My only concern is for the people of Nassau County. I deal with families who have been devastated. I don’t want to deal with more families that are devastated,” she said.

The Nassau County Police Department said the purpose of their DWI program is to save lives, and they are very successful in meeting that objective.

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