Increased patrols of LI waterways planned over Labor Day weekend

By Richard Brodsky with Newsday

August 28, 2019

Originally published in Newsday on August 28, 2019.

Law enforcement agencies anticipate a surge of boat operators navigating under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the Labor Day weekend and plans to step up patrols of Long Island waterways.

"There's going to be more law enforcement out there," State Sen. James Gaughran (D-Northport) said at a news conference Wednesday in Glen Cove. "Nassau County is going to be stepping it up. Glen Cove is going to be stepping it up. And every law enforcement agency across Long Island is going to be doing the same thing."

Boating while intoxicated can have deadly consequences, said Gina Lieneck of Deer Park, whose 11-year-old daughter Brianna was killed in a boating collision in 2005. 

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