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Authorities crackdown on drunk drivers

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With so many people on the road this holiday week, authorities are taking extra precautions.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Midwest are taking part in the "Drive Sober or get Pulled Over" campaign. Authorities say it is all in an effort to reduce the amount of alcohol related crashes during the holiday week.

Officers from Wisconsin State Patrol said they have put more patrol cars on the roads to look for impaired drivers.

"No one wants to have a tragedy, and traffic crashes are a tragedy so we are advising everyone to take it slow, give yourself plenty of time, don't follow too closely and as always drink responsibly," Sgt. Travis Wanless said.

Statistics show last year close to 400 people died in alcohol related car crashes. In more than half of those, the driver's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.

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