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Thanksgiving DUI arrests

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Yakima, WASH.--The holidays can be one of the deadliest times to be on the road.

More Washington State Troopers are on patrol during the holidays, not only to monitor heavy traffic but to also crack down on drunk driving.

In Yakima County, there were six DUI arrests Wednesday through Friday, and 14 over the weekend. On Sunday, they made ten DUI arrests alone.

Kittitas County saw far less drunk driving offenses this holiday. Troopers said they had only three arrests.

"We're hoping people are making better choices during the holidays, and at all times about drinking and driving," said Washington State Trooper Darren Wright. "Making better arrangements ahead of time for a designated driver, or maybe even choosing not to drink if they know they're going to be on the road so we're hoping that's the reason for the decline in numbers."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving violations go up around 54 percent on Thanksgiving Day.

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