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Law enforcement cracking down on drunk driving during New Year's

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Local law enforcement agencies are stepping up their patrols through the New Year in order to crack down on drunk drivers.

According to AAA, one in three Americans will be traveling this holiday season with more than 90 percent of them driving to their destination. The California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will be working together to ensure that people get to where they need to go safely.

The CHP says that 4,320 people were arrested for DUI in San Diego County in 2014 and there were 1,121 DUI-related crashes. This past summer, eleven people were killed in DUI-related crashes. Four more were killed over the Christmas weekend. During the Christmas holiday, there were 34 arrests made in San Diego County for suspicion of drunk driving in addition to a number of crashes. Alcohol is suspected in a crash that occurred Sunday in which a couple from Las Vegas was killed and three of their passengers injured.

See related story: [Two killed, three injured in rollover crash in Mount Hope]

"A lot of the time, people say it's a DUI accident. It's not an accident. It's 100% preventable. Don't drink and drive," said CHP Officer Tony Contreras.

CHP will be out in full force New Year’s Eve and through the weekend, which is considered a maximum enforcement period. San Diego police will be doing the same.

"We have a zero tolerance policy. Those that are drinking and driving will go to jail if they are stopped by the police department," said Contreras.

For anyone who finds themselves in a situation where they are too intoxicated to drive, law enforcement officials encourage people to take advantage of other options such as public transportation, ride sharing, taxis, designated drivers and Tipsy Tow.

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