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State Patrol 'Dart Program' picks up drunk drivers

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Police say they're not just focused on the foot traffic this weekend at the park they're also actively patrolling the streets, and thanks to a new program they're also patrolling the sky.

Already State Patrol has made about 15 DUI arrests this weekend. The program uses an infrared light from the air to help stay on a suspected drunk driver. That will give troopers enough time to catch up to them on the road.

 Police say they're always keeping their eyes open to make the streets are safe but with this weekend's boat races, they stepped up their efforts.

"Because of the large influx of traffic we have down here because of Water Follies weekend, we thought it would be another tool or resource we could bring into the area to help improve safety on the roadways," Sergeant Roger Wilbur said.

Troopers also say this weekend was a test run for the eye in the sky patrol. They tell me they may use the program for other big events in the future.