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Police crack down on drunk drivers

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As millions of Americans plan to celebrate the new year, police will be out making sure you're safe.

Virginia State Police and local departments are cracking down on drunk driving over the holiday weekend.

New Years Day is among the five deadliest days on the roads according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Nearly 11,000 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2009.

Even though drinking and driving has gone down by roughly 30 percent in the past five years, it's still a big problem in the U.S.

It's just another reason to let a sober friend drive you home or catch a cab.

Police also encourage people to follow the "Move Over" law: when another car is pulled over and lights are flashing, move over to the next lane.

The holiday drunk driving crackdown will start Friday and wrap up Monday, January 2.

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