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BRPD cracking down on drunk drivers

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -  Expect to see a stronger presence of police in the next few weeks around the Capital city cracking down on drunk drivers.

Baton Rouge Police and other agencies are combining forces in the national "Drive sober or get pulled over" campaign.

 Grant money helps pay for all the overtime and the checkpoints.  Organizers believe the programs work, but know the effort and work involved is intense.

"In 2013 also, there were 11 deaths during the Labor Day period, seven of those were alcohol related," Police officials say.  "We know that campaigns that combine high visibility and enforcement like this one along with media outreach does reduce impaired driving which in turn reduces fatalities in Louisiana."

The extra patrols and checkpoints will be in effect until the end of August.

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