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Is There an Alcohol Problem on Long Island? [POLL]

Several fatal DWI and BWI crashes have occurred in recent weeks.

Multiple fatal alcohol-related crashes occured over the weekend, and more incidents are expected as the July Fourth holiday draws near. 

A in the Great South Bay. Following the accident, the driver of the vessel that struck the boat, Brian Andreski, 26, of Dix Hills was charged with boating while intoxicated.

Christopher Mannino, 39, was one of five people aboard a 1967 38-foot Hatteras when it was struck by a 25-foot Skater off Captree Island around 4:50 a.m., police said. He was thrown into the water and was missing until a police dive team officer recovered his body at 1:30 p.m.

Twenty four hours later, in the Great South Bay. 

The Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau was conducting vessel inspection on a boat Sunday when officers found that the operator, Michael Shear, 29, of Holtsville, appeared intoxicated. He, along with Olimpio Rego, 26, of Ronkokoma, who allegedly drove the boat, were arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated. 

Then on Sunday night, 18-year-old Brittney Walsh of Lindenhurst, who had just graduated high school, was killed when her car was struck by a drunk driver on Montauk Highway late Sunday.

Another two men were arrested and charged with drunken driving late Sunday and early Monday in the Town of Southold, police said.

The first arrest occurred on Route 25 in Mattituck at about 11 p.m. Sunday, the second on Route 25 in Southold just after midnight, Southold police said. Hector Jimenez, 23, of New Suffolk was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain his travel lane and driving with a suspended license following the first traffic stop. Gerardo Gonzalez, 20, of Hampton Bays, was arrested and charged with DWI.

On Memorial Day, a Brooklyn woman who police say was drunk and speeding, plowed a Mercedes-Benz convertible through a Huntington home on Southdown Road. Sophia Anderson, 21, had a blood-alcohol content level almost four times the legal limit, Suffolk County prosecutors said. The vehicle nearly hit a 90-year-old woman and her sister inside of the home. Anderson was charged with DWI.

Do you think there is an alcohol problem on Long Island? Vote in the polland tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Valerie June 26, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I think there is a problem everywhere, not just LI. I realized that when I was assigned 30 days Grand Jury Duty in September, I was appalled at how many DUI/BUI/DWI's came in every day. If you want to see how crazy it really is go to the CI court and sit in a public courtroom and see the amount that come in daily, it's disgusting. The fact that this is becoming an epidemic is so disheartening to me, where have we gone so wrong? What is wrong with people? =( My heart aches for all the families of the victims of these tragedies. So unfair.
Chris F June 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The problem is not so much lack of enforcement but rather lax punishment. DWI first time offenders need to lose their license for a very long time (ie: 10+ years) and DWI drivers who kill/injure people need to be given more then a year or so of probation (they need to serve actual time in a New York State correctional facility).
Valerie June 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM
You are right! WHen I was there witnessing all of the DWI's it was sick because MOST were on their 4,5 or 6th offense! It was eye opening, I am actually really scared now to drive, I have big issues since that Jury Duty. =( I'd say out of every 10 drivers 1 could possibly be intoxicated! =( The numbers were disturbing.
Vito June 27, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I am not sure the issue is with alcohol as much as it is with being a responsible person. People seem to feel entitled to drive drunk, impaired by drugs, distracted by their phone or texting and have few concerns about how they may rip apart someone's life. We have become a society full of self absorbed individuals who's sense of right and wrong is based solely on their own needs, desires, and convenience.
Robert Christiansen June 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM
There is nothing different now than has ever been. Yes there are more alcohol, drug and texting-related accidents and deaths. There are also more people living in the same space. 30, 35, 40 years ago cell phones didn't exist; the drinking age was 18, drugs were as rampant then as now, and there were less people living on Long Island. More laws won't change a thing. A community this big needs more reality and integrity education than jail time. Cars are machines that need focused operators. If the driver is too busy posting quips online, the machine is out of their control. Throw a 4 oz cell phone at a person and you'll make a bruise. Throw a 2,000+ car at them, and you'll make a funeral. Vito's pretty much hit the nail on the head, people are all about them...
joey F. June 30, 2012 at 06:02 AM
You need more and less expensive cabs. why do you have less incidents in Manhattan???

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