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572 DUI arrests made in six states

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572 arrests were made involving DUIs in six states.

According to a news release issued by the West Virginia State Police, state police in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia joined forces in a campaign called the 6 State Trooper Project, in which they made 572 arrests on major interstates over a three day period of Dec. 6-8, 2013.  This was made in an effort to combat impaired driving.

According to a statement issued by Colonel C.R. "Jay" Smithers with the West Virginia State Police:

"The West Virginia State Police continually works hard to inform the public of the dangers of impaired driving by participating in highway safety programs such as the 6 State Trooper Project and conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout the state. Those who choose to become impaired have numerous options available to them rather than getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Among those options include the use a designated driver, calling a cab service, or simply staying where they are until they sober up. However, too often we see media reports tragically detailing how yet another impaired driver has ruined their life or the life of some innocent, unsuspecting person. As a police officer, there are few things worse than having to deliver a death message to the families left behind as a result of such inexcusable behavior."