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D.A., Cops to Announce East End DWI Task Force

Operation NiteCAP to take effect this upcoming weekend, according to statement.

Local, county and state enforcement agencies will announce on Wednesday afternoon — days before the holiday weekend — a joint effort to crack down on drivers who operate under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Dubbed Operation NiteCAP, a statement from the office of District Attorney Thomas Spota announced Tuesday that an East End DWI Task Force would "employ a team approach, without regard to jurisdictional boundaries, to protect local residents and visitors to eastern Long Island from drunk and drugged drivers."

“Local police departments in the five towns and villages don’t have the resources to focus solely on drunk and drugged drivers on holiday weekends,” Spota said.  “This team strategy will augment local law enforcement and make the expansion of the enforcement action on the east end more mobile and responsive.”

Run under the auspices of the D.A., the efforts of the task force will begin Friday evening.

Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco is also expected to be on hand, as are members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a nationwide non-profit organization aimed at curbing drunk driving incidents. 

Wednesday's press conference is scheduled for 12:30 in Riverhead, in the parking lot by the Peconic Riverfront.

highhatsize May 25, 2012 at 02:48 AM
to Susie: What on earth led you to believe such an egregious misconception? Memorial Day honors our servicemen and is sacred to the memory of those who are deceased. It has nothing to do with the cops.
Gail Simons May 25, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Just so we're very clear. Susie, that was a very disrespectful statement. Memorial Day is about the FALLEN - not just anyone wearing a uniform.
Gail Simons May 25, 2012 at 03:05 AM
That's why it's called MEMORIAL Day, not "HONOR" Day. Memorial - memory of those gone. To remember those lost to war. How did that lesson get by you? My kids learn about this in school every year right before Memorial Day. We then march in the parade and go to a ceremony that honors those who have fallen. Just sayin'.
Ralebird May 25, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Susie is simply wrong. That doesn't make her very disrespectful, egregiously misconcepted, or dilutive of the memories honored - just wrong. Can't we all get along?
forward thinking May 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
MANDITORY BOOT CAMP TO ALL CAUGHT DRUNK DRIVING... THEN INTO SERVICE "OVER THERE" . HONOR THE PAST - TREASURE THE PRESENT AND FIX THE FUTURE...

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