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Police Cracking Down on Drunk Driving for July 4th

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File photo of a police officer conducting a field sobriety test. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The estimated 1.1 million 4th of July travelers in Virginia will be under the watchful eye of Virginia State Police.

Authorities say they are increasing patrols beginning Thursday and continuing through Sunday night. It’s part of the annual Operation CARE national traffic-enforcement effort.

The additional patrols are aimed at reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use seat belts.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says it expects more than 1.1 million Virginians to travel during the holiday weekend. That’s down 1.4 percent from 2012.

Officials say 10 percent of the crashes in Virginia during the July 4th holiday were alcohol-related.

Last year police cited more than 9,200 speeders and 2,600 reckless drivers and 900 drivers were charged for failing to buckle up. State police also investigated 719 traffic crashes.

Ten people died in traffic accidents in Virginia last year.

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