UNDATED (WKZO) -- Extra patrols targeting drunk drivers have already begun this holiday weekend, but the patrols will continue after the weekend ends.
The Office of Highway Safety Planning is extending the enforcement period through two weekends because the numbers show that it’s a dangerous period, and that a lot of people take advantage of the holiday to extend their vacations.
Spokesperson Melody Kindraka says their officers are all specifically trained on how to detect drunk drivers.
During last year’s Fourth of July drunk driving crackdown, 115 motorists were arrested for drunk driving.
There were 19 traffic deaths and over 40% of them involved drunk drivers.