- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Nassau County on Long Island is bringing back a specialized unit that targets DWI offenders.

The DWI unit is coming back after driving while intoxicated arrests dropped sharply after it was eliminated.

According to Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1t1y8r0 ), the unit, known as SET, made an average of 2,641 DWI arrests between 2008 and 2011.

After the unit shut down, the arrests steadily declined from about 1,800 in 2012 to 1,500 last year.

Officials say the reconstituted SET team and DWI program will continue the strategy of finding DWI “hot spots.” The unit also will establish roving DWI checkpoints.

DWI fatalities fell from 25 in 2011 and 2012 to 24 last year. DWI crashes fell from 611 in 2011 to 600 in 2012.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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