Practice safe boating
Supervisor Angie Carpenter addresses the importance of safe boating.

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Practice safe boating

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
6/1/2017


ISLIP TOWN—Last Friday, at the onset of Memorial Day weekend, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini joined together at the Maple Avenue Dock in Bay Shore for a special press conference urging local boaters to exercise caution on the waters, not just for the upcoming weekend, but the rest of the season as well.

Carpenter and Sini were joined by members of the SCPD Marine Bureau along with members of Islip’s Code Enforcement and Harbor Patrol. They stated that law enforcement agencies would be regularly patrolling the Great South Bay to monitor safety procedures, such as checking for proper life vests on board vehicles and cracking down on instances of boating while intoxicated (BWI).

Sini’s message against the actions of drunk boating and drunk driving was both stern and firm.

“Our message is very simple – if you drink and drive this weekend, you will be arrested,” said Sini. “We will be out there in full force on land and in water, [while] enhancing patrols in a variety of capacities.”

Sini urged those who plan on imbibing to arrange a designated driver ahead of time.

“Be smart and do all you can to keep you and your loved ones safe,” he said. “If you’re in a situation where you’re impaired and don’t have a designated driver, there are so many services out there that can help you get home safely. Make smart decisions, or you will pay the price.”

Islip Public Safety Commissioner Tony D’Amico also explained the town’s role in their conjoined effort with the SCPD.

“We just want to remind everybody – both on the water and on land – that we’re not going to tolerate illicit activities,” said D’Amico. “So we will have patrols out on the water this weekend and all throughout the summer, as well as our marinas and docks all throughout the Town of Islip.

“So we’re stepping up patrols, we’ll be out there in force, and we want to make it a safe environment for people to enjoy,” he concluded.

Carpenter expressed similar sentiments, noting the importance of safety and awareness out on the waters.

“We want everyone to have a good time, but we don’t want anyone to become part of a tragedy, and it’s basically in your hands,” said Carpenter. “Islip’s Harbor Police will join the Suffolk County Marine Bureau in enforcing BWI laws and conducting safety checks. We don’t want to see any terrible statistics during this summer season.

 “If you’re out there and you see something that doesn’t look right – please say something,” she said. “Whether it’s out on the water, or in our parks or marinas.”