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Summer DUI Patrols Begin Friday

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Law enforcement will kick off their summer DUI emphasis patrols Friday.

Recent traffic studies have shown that summertime is a dangerous time on the road.

The annual summer DUI patrols are planned to coincide with this time when more people are hitting the roads for vacation and summer activities.

Extra police, state patrol and sheriff's deputies will be on the roads specifically to look for drunk drivers.

Officers work overtime after their usual shifts to make the increased patrols possible.

Some people wonder if it's just a scare tactic to keep the public from drinking and driving. But the Benton Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force says it's about safety awareness.

"We're not trying to be sneaky about having extra patrols out there. We want people to know that there are extra patrols out there so that they will be encouraged to make the right choice," said Michael Aldridge, Benton Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force. 

Last summer there were four traffic deaths in Benton and Franklin Counties.

During the 2012 kick-off DUI enforcement campaign, 74 drivers were arrested for impaired driving.

The summer patrol campaign begins Friday and lasts through July 7th.

The next campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over begins in August.