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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The last weeks of summer will be anything but carefree for people who choose to drive Minnesota's roads while impaired.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) is launching its annual late summer crackdown on drunk drivers. "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" starts Saturday and runs through September 1. State Troopers, county sheriff's deputies and local police departments will have extra squads on the roads looking for motorists who are over the legal limit.

DPS statistics show that n the last three years (2011 – 2013), 279 people lost their lives in drunk driving crashes in Minnesota, with 81 were killed in 2013 alone. Beyond the fatalities, 2,300 people suffered injuries in alcohol-related crashes last year. Officers arrested 25,719 motorists for DWI in 2013, an average of 70 per day.

"It takes just one very poor decision to shatter so many lives," said Donna Berger, OTS director. "Summer days are special to Minnesotans as we enjoy our lakes, parks and all the beauty and activities our state has to offer. Let's keep these days special and all motorists safe by not letting drinking and driving destroy lives."

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