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Drive Hammered, Get Nailed Campaign About to Start

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Washington Traffic Commission is sending out a reminder, a holiday "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" campaign launches Thanksgiving day.

From Thanksgiving to January 2nd, local law enforcement agencies will be conducting extra d.u.i. patrols to rid the roads of impaired drivers during the holiday season.

In Washington, impaired driving is still the most frequent contributing factor in deadly collisions, so police want you to plan ahead before you drink.

"A $10-to-$15 cab ride is a lot cheaper than getting a d.u.i. and being put in jail.  Then if you're convicted of the d.u.i. later on, there's the potential for up to and including $5000 in fines so a $15 cab ride ain't bad," said Officer Ron Salter with the Kennewick Police Department.

In 2009 more than 41,000 people were charged with d.u.i. in Washington State.

Police say just do the right thing and have a designated driver or call a cab.