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Officer McMahon Gets 7th Top DWI Enforcer Title in 8 Years

Southampton Village police officer recognized for having the most DWI arrests in her jurisdiction in 2012.

When Southampton Village Police Officer Kimberleigh McMahon was awarded this week for making the most driving while intoxicated arrests in her jurisdiction, it was old hat for her. This is the seventh time in eight years that McMahon has accomplished this feat, Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings said.

Cummings said McMahon has always been aggressive with DWI enforcement, and even though she switched assignments in October, no officer in the department was able to catch up to her total DWI arrests for 2012.

At the Suffolk County Police academy in Brentwood Tuesday, County Executive Steve Bellone recognized 24 police officers from police precincts and departments around the county. The award comes under the Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated, or STOP-DWI, a state enforcement program funded by fines levied for alcohol-related offenses and designed to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on the roads, according to the county executive's office.

“These officers have saved hundreds of lives by making DWI a priority and arresting those individuals who make the irresponsible decision to drive drunk,”  Bellone is quoted as saying in a statement from his office.  “Suffolk County police agencies made over 5,100 arrests in 2012 and more than 15,000 DWI arrests in the past three years. Suffolk County will not tolerate drunk driving on our roadways.  We remain committed to arresting anyone who chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, endangering the lives of others.”

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highhatsize February 28, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Whether or not these arrests have saved "hundreds of lives" as Bellone claims is speculative at best. What is not in doubt is that hundreds of thousands of people have been arrested for drunk driving and made to undergo the ignominy of incarceration who didn't commit the crime. The obsession with breathalyzer busts (and rewards such as this that catalyze that obsession) pervert law enforcement and degrade the behavior of law enforcement officers, not to mention vitiating the ability of departments to protect the community due to misapplication of resources. With the advent of patrol care video cameras, breathalyzers are superfluous. Let's return to the former operating procedure of arresting for drunkenness those people who manifest drunken behavior (i.e. irrational or uncoordinated driving), rather than those who score .08 on a machine. Let's end, finally, this gross violation of our 5th Amendment rights.
confectioner February 28, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Why stop at hundreds, make it thousands - if it does not happen can you quantify it?
Maggie O'Callahan March 01, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Obviously You sit behind a computer and don't drive to often highhat. DWI is a victimless crime until they kill someone on the highway. You sound like a sour grapes. Maybe the police should just wait for the motor vehicle accidents and just pick up the dead bodies left in the street. That would make you happy. Why don't you ask some people who have lost love ones to DWI. I bet they would tell a different story....
highhatsize March 01, 2013 at 05:30 AM
to Maggie O'Callahan: One can only guess how many of the loved ones who have been killed would still be alive and healthy had law enforcement not been otherwise engaged processing a harmless driver with a .08 and thereby not been on the road to pull over the genuine drunk before he killed the victim.
Jaguar-Guy March 01, 2013 at 02:03 PM
So, where is Kimberleigh ? The cops in the photo are all dudes.

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