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Deputies ramp up enforcement through Labor Day weekend

Four different suspects were arrested and charged with drunk driving last weekend near Indian Lake, as deputies from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office ramp up enforcement as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative.

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The campaign got under way Friday and continues through Labor Day, Sept. 3, Deputy Jeff Anspach said.

“Drunk driving, seat belts and other aggressive driving behaviors will be emphasized during this time,” Deputy Anspach said. “We encourage everyone to drive sober, wear their seat belts and practice safe driving.”

Almost 11,000 people every year die on the road as a result of drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which organizes the effort.

Nationally, 1.4 million people were arrested for drunk driving in 2009 and in the last five years, almost 900 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during the Labor Day weekend, NHTSA reports. Between midnight and 3 a.m., drunk driving crashes claim a life every 23 minutes, nationwide.

Deputy Anspach said that extra patrol funded by a federal traffic grant will be allocated to all portions of the county, but the Indian Lake area will likely prove to be where many of the stops are made.

“I’m sure with the amount of traffic and activity up there this time of year we’ll be pulled up that way,” he said. “But our focus will be to stop drunk driving wherever it may occur in the county.”

Read more about the national drive sober campaign online, http://drivesober.nhtsa.gov/.

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