GREAT RIVER, N.Y. (AP) - Suffolk County officials say they will set up dockside checkpoints to crack down on boating while intoxicated this weekend.
County Executive Steve Bellone said Friday that boating while under the influence is just as bad as driving drunk.
Suffolk County police set up checkpoints for boaters this past week and will have them up again over the Labor Day holiday.
Police Commissioner Edward Webber said his department has made 15 boating while intoxicated arrests this year. That's more than the last three years combined.
Webber said the waterways are harder to police than the roads. He said police look for areas where large numbers of boats have gathered and interview the operators.
The officials spoke at a news conference at a country club.
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