The Highway Enforcement Section was formed in September 2008. This section promotes highway safety through the enforcement of vehicle and traffic law and by patrolling the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway. This section responds to all emergency calls on the aforementioned highways.
The Highway Enforcement Section provides services vital to public safety including emergency services, traffic control, accident investigation and assistance to other state and local agencies. Members are trained in truck safety inspections, drug recognition evaluations, administration of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) tests and enforcement of DWI laws.
This section is responsible for the secure storage and maintenance of all Enforcement Bureau records and reports. All accident reports are reviewed and submitted to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
According to statistics compiled by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, during the three year period from September 15, 2008-September 14, 2011 there were 19 vehicular fatalities, as compared to 27 fatalities reported during the same period from September 2005-2008. In addition, the number of traffic violation summons issued and DWI arrests made have steadily increased during the last three years.
The increased use of technology has also proven effective. The Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile has led to faster processing times for suspected drunk and impaired drivers, leaving more officers on our roadways during peak hours.
The B.A.T Mobile is a modified command post equipped with breath and blood testing equipment, video recording devices , computer workstations , and a secure space to hold arrestees during processing . The onsite vehicle enables officers to reduce travel time transporting suspects to obtain blood tests and analyze breath, and improves the testing results of D.W.I. suspects since blood alcohol content can diminish with time.
The unit was purchased with an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, and from asset forfeiture funds seized during drug arrests. It makes frequent patrols throughout Suffolk County.
The Sheriff's Office has also performed aerial patrols to combat aggressive driving, implemented Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS) mobile technology to streamline ticketing paperwork and improve reporting to the courts and New York State DMV, and utilize specially trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) to perform extensive evaluations of individuals suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.