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St. Patrick’s Day weekend is notorious for the amount of drinking that takes place, which is why law enforcement all over the state is initiating a STOP DWI crackdown starting today and ending Monday.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee says that someone is killed every 51 minutes nationwide in a drunk driving crash. Also, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that more than 700 people were killed in the U.S. during the St. Patrick’s holiday from 2006 to 2010.

State and local law enforcement agencies will be out in force, utilizing sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to deter drunk driving. Units will also be identifying drivers who are impaired by drugs, both illegal and prescription.

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