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DUI enforcement includes misuse of prescription drugs

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Tonight police departments all over Benton and Franklin counties start their "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" program.


The federally funded program will put extra patrols on the roads to look for suspected DUIs. Officers warn DUIs can also result from misuse of common drugs that have side effects like drowsiness. Pharmacists advise to be careful of some over the counter medications as well like normal allergy medicines.

The "Drive hammered, Get nailed" program runs through labor day. In the state of washington, impaired driving is the leading cause of traffic deaths. In the state last year, drugs and alcohol contributed to over two hundred roadway deaths.

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