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WSP Warns You To Not Drink and Drive

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Washington State patrolman Matt Couchman said the time between Thanksgiving and New Years is the busiest time for catching drunk drivers.

Many people spend their weekends going from holiday party to holiday party, never realizing they are drinking too much to drive.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, nearly 3,000 people are killed each year by drunk drivers during the holidays.

This year, Washington State Patrol are adding extra patrolmen to look for drunk drivers.

"We're going to stop drivers whether it is Thanksgiving or not, we just want to be out there to protect people from drunk drivers," Couchman said. 

Their hope is to bring down the number of drunk driving related deaths.

According to a study done by the WSP, 10,000 people were killed last year as a result of DUI or speed related collisions.

And about 20 percent of those crashes were during the months of November and December.