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Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Kicks Off

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Expect to see more Police patrols on the highways this holiday season. Expect to see more Police patrols on the highways this holiday season.

NBCRightNow.com - The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year and according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission it's the start of one of the deadliest times of the year on Washington highways.

Local police agencies kick off the Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign today which will last through January 1st.

Driving under the influence is still the leading cause of traffic deaths during the holiday season in Washington.

"Between 2008 and 2012, there was an average of 5.4 people who lost their lives just on Thanksgiving Weekend," says Michael Aldridge, the manager of the Benton-Franklin County Traffic Safety Task Force.  "An average of 49 people lost their lives between Thanksgiving and New Years Day."

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission wants to lower the amount of Holiday driving deaths to zero by 2030 as part of the Washington Target Zero campaign.

Drivers can expect to see extra police patrols on the highways looking for unsafe and impaired drivers through the 1st of the year.

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