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UHP turning up heat on drunken drivers

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Drunken drivers — beware.

This weekend, starting today, Utah Highway Patrol troopers along the Wasatch Front will be participating in a special enforcement campaign to remove impaired drivers from the highways.

Troopers from Utah, Tooele, Summit and Davis counties will be using the UHP Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) mobile to screen drivers randomly for alcohol consumption and will bust those who register at a level of .08 and beyond, which, minimally, means having consumed about two shots of alcohol within less than an hour.

The 40 to 50 troopers participating in the campaign want to get the word out that drunken driving is the major cause of death and serious injury in automobile crashes across the state. They are hoping to make an impact on those who choose to break the law by drinking, then driving.

"We're not trying to surprise people, we're not trying to trick people, we just want people to know we're there, so they won't drive impaired," said UHP spokesman Doug McCleve. "Because if you do drive impaired, you could get caught. We will be out there, looking for you."