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Drive Hammered Get Nailed Campaign Finished Monday Night

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Monday night was the last official night of the "Drive Hammered Get Nailed Campaign" run by Washington State Patrol.

The state program provides money to have extra troopers on the roads and highways looking for drunk drivers.  

Troopers report that 43 people were arrested since the program began August 15th in the Yakima area and 25 were arrested in the Tri-Cities for driving under the influence.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2006 almost 18,000 Americans died in alcohol related traffic accidents.

Washington State Trooper Chris Thorson said it continues to be an issue in the Tri-Cities.  He said, "There are still a lot of people driving under the influence, a lot of people crashing into cars and other property, so because it a problem we are trying to curtail the problem."

State officials designated this time of year for the campaign because they have seen an increase in alcohol related traffic problems.

Over the Labor Day Weekend three people in the Tri-Cities were arrested for a DUI and six in the Yakima area. 

Within the past twenty days Trooper report a 30 percent decrease in the number of collisions in both the Tri-Cities and Yakima area.