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Sheriff to Increase Highway Patrols over Labor Day Weekend

Increased number of deputies to look out for speeding, aggressive driving, driving under the influence on the LIE and Sunrise HIghway through Sept. 4.

Suffolk County Sheriff's Department will be heading out in full force to patrol local highways this Labor Day Weekend.

Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco announced he will be sending out deputies to increase highway enforcement on the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway starting this Friday through Sept. 4.

“Deputies will be on the lookout for aggressive driving, speeding, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” DeMarco said. 

The deputies will also continue their year-long strategy to maintain high-visibility and saturate these areas. 

"With an increase in motorists heading to Suffolk’s vacation and beach destinations, our strategy is high visibility enforcement to deter aggressive driving, as well as to offer the public the peace of mind in knowing we are there if they break down while traveling or need other assistance," DeMarco said in a written statement. 

This will likely be the last year the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department is responsible for patroling state highways on Labor Day, as the Suffolk County Police Department will take over jurisdiction of these highways if their

Motorists who see aggressive driving or suspect DWI are encouraged to call 911 and make a report. More importantly, residents are reminded to choose a designated driver if their holiday plans involve drinking alcohol. 

KP LIslander September 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Maybe they should get involved with doing something with Child Protective Services about the problem of all of the panhandlers that are scammers and exploiting children which is becoming more & more prevalent across communities. See link at: http://kingspark.patch.com/articles/locals-fear-panhandlers-may-be-scammers
Diane Paladino September 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Quite honestly Suffolk County Police Department is suppose to take care of this type of situation, but if not send an e-mail to Suffolk County's Sheriff( Sheriff DeMarco) and see if he has any jurisdiction of this area. He will let you know.
KP LIslander September 01, 2012 at 10:49 PM
OK, But keep in mind that the Police Department cannot arrest or issue summons for merely panhandling as it is allowed under freedom of speech. Nevertheless, the Police Department still has the means to ensure getting Child protective Services personnel on scene, as well as notifying Dept of Immigration if needed. I would be more than happy to email Sheriff DeMarco on behalf of everyone else. As per your suggestion, can you provide his email address in order to contact him?
Diane Paladino September 02, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Yes, the e-mail address to Sheriff DeMarco is Suffolk_Sheriff@Suffolkcountyny.gov.
dom November 20, 2012 at 05:22 AM
i agree also they are very polite and helpful not like the schp why dont they just merge those highway guys back in the regular patrol cars .take the tower lights off there cars and put them on the sheriff cars

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