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More Officers Patrolling Roads for Holiday DUIs

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NBC Right Now-- On Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the start of their annual nationwide crackdown on drunk driving for the winter holiday season.

The NHTSA also released new holiday drunk driving data and presented new guidelines for state alcohol ignition interlock programs.

Law enforcement agencies in Washington and Oregon are also taking part in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign to put a stop to drunk driving.

According to data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, an average of 49 people die each year from DUI related crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

The DUI emphasis ends on January first.  Law enforcement wants to remind you that if you are going to have a drink this holiday season, make sure you have plans to get home safely to avoid being arrested for a DUI.