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Drive Hammered, Get Nailed kicks off on busiest party night of the year

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Law enforcement across Washington kicked off their "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" campaign.  Between November 25, 2010 through January 2, 2011, local police will conduct extra DUI patrols throughout the state as well as Benton and Franklin Counties.

The average blood alcohol level for people arrested in Washington for DUI is about .14 which is twice the legal limit of .08.

Thanksgiving Eve just happens to be one of the biggest party nights of the year, and this year the icy roads make it even more dangerous.  Capt. Mike Cobb with the Richland Police Department says,  tonight and New Year's Eve are probably neck and neck as close contenders for people going out and having a good time .  But  getting home responsibly is the big key.  If you add snow and ice to the mix, along with alcohol and drug impairment, things, it's a recipe for disaster.'

The owner of Jokers & Atomic Bowl in Richland, Bobby Quiring, says this is one of their busiest nights of the year as well.
"We expect here  probably about 600 people here tonight, all the way coming in from colleges, people coming into town for family."

Quiring says they are very careful about drunk drivers, often times cutting people off from the bar and putting them in cabs.

In 2009, there were 41,006 people charged with a DUI.