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State Police ramping up anti-drunk driving campaign

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

State Police is beginning its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign in time for Labor Day Weekend.

Last year on Labor Day, more than 300 crashes were reported, and eleven people were killed. State police note that it's a drop from last year.

Still, more than 40 percent of deaths on the road had to do with alcohol. This is because police say a lot of drunk people think they are okay to drive after a night out.

"We're trying to get that number down even lower," says Highway Safety Commission's John Leblanc. "This particular enforcement is important during the holidays which is why we're doing it now." 

Leblanc says that high-visibility enforcement with education and media outreach efforts drives the number of crashes down.

The campaign will continue throughout Labor Day week.

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