Lupinacci, Smyth: Don’t Drink & Drive

By Priya Persaud

Last week, Huntington town officials, the Suffolk County police, and local parents hosted a press conference urging residents to drive safely and to reduce the growing epidemic of drunk driving incidents. Since the Covid pandemic and the surge in crime, more people are driving – and driving drunk.


The press conference was led by Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, and he was joined by Councilmen Ed Smyth (R-Lloyd Harbor) and Gene Cook (I-Greenlawn).


“Stay sober and be aware of other drivers,” stated Lupinacci. “There is no reason to get behind the wheel if you’re impaired,”

Suffolk Police Inspector William Scrima reminded residents to “drink responsibly and use car services or designated drivers” to ensure the safety of local pedestrians.


Scrima emphasized that the Suffolk police had to make thirty-six percent more arrests related to DWI incidents since Memorial Day.


John and Alisa McMorris, the parents of twelve-year-old Andrew McMorris who was killed in 2018 by a drunk driver, urged an end towards drunk driving and unsafe practices.


The goal of the press conference was to spread awareness about increasing drunk driving accidents and to prevent future tragedies.