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      Missouri State Highway Patrol is cracking down on DWI

      With the holiday season right around the corner, that means more parties and a higher potential that impaired drivers will be out on the roads.

      According to Missouri Highway Patrol, one of the main causes of traffic crashes is drinking and driving.

      This month the Troop B Patrol will be conducting a DWI enforcement operation in various counties in northeast Missouri.

      During this operation, troopers will focus their attention on selected highways and roads with checkpoints to detect intoxicated drivers.

      "Our goal is pretty simple, we just want people to be responsible. If alcohol is a part of your plan, choose a sober designated driver. Know that the Missouri Highway Patrol is very serious about moving that impaired driver from the roadway," said Sgt. Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

      Bernhardt says that during this time troopers will also focus more attention on areas that shows higher numbers of alcohol related incidents based on accident and arrest reports.

      A few DWI operations have already taken place earlier this year and have been very successful.