Be careful this Memorial Day weekend

Be careful this Memorial Day weekend


SUFFOLK COUNTY – Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart and Suffolk County Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron announced that police are going to be out in full force this holiday weekend.

Police will be conducting a DWI checkpoint and high visibility patrols on roads and waterways throughout the county between Thursday, May 25 and Sunday, May 28. Officers will take a zero-tolerance approach to anyone driving or boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to SCPD officials. 

In addition to targeting those under the influence, officers will enforce aggressive driving and seatbelt infractions. The department will utilize funds from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Safe Driving Enforcement grant and Stop-DWI Crackdown grant to provide traffic and DWI enforcement. The department will also participate in the East End DWI Task Force.

The enforcement efforts will include officers from the seven precincts as well as officers from the Highway Patrol Bureau and Marine Bureau. In addition to standard patrols, police officers will be on foot, bicycles and ATVs.

In addition to traffic and boating enforcement, officers will patrol popular downtown business districts, large public gatherings and vulnerable entities.

Precinct Crime Section officers will monitor social media and gather information to prevent house parties with underage drinking. Anyone who violates the Social Host Law, by allowing minors to consume alcohol, will be arrested.