Police Cracking Down On Drunk Drivers This Holiday Weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The holiday weekend is here and law enforcement officers are out in force. They are cracking down on drunk drivers to try to keep your holiday safe.

If you are driving Friday night, or Monday on Interstates 44 or 70, you will see a state trooper. The Missouri Highway Patrol started a new program with one goal.

Each trooper is focusing on a 20 mile section. Most of them usually patrol an area twice that size.

It`s called the 20 mile trooper program, specifically aimed at catching drivers speeding or under the influence of alcohol.

Troopers are the people who have to notify family members of car crash victims. That's hard to do, especially when it`s a crash that could have been prevented.

The 20 mile trooper program will be in effect until midnight Friday and from noon to midnight on Memorial Day.

At this point there are not any scheduled DWI check points in the area, but authorities say this program is just as effective.

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