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Authorities in Midwest crack down on drunk driving

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Authorities throughout the Midwest are cracking down on drunken driving through Labor Day.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drivers in Minnesota and Wisconsin are among the motorists who will be under increased scrutiny.

Agency administrator Michael Witter says drunk driving is one of the nation's deadliest crimes, claiming nearly 12,000 lives last year.

He notes one new trend that has raised concern: The U.S. Department of Transportation says an increasing number of drunken drivers are women.

Between 1998 and 2007, the number of women arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol increased nearly 30 percent. During the same period, the number of men arrested for the same crime fell nearly 8 percent.

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