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Statewide police crack-down


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Police throughout Minnesota say they'll be cracking down on impaired drivers starting this weekend, a notoriously dangerous time of year for drunken crashes.

Hundreds of law-enforcement agencies are pledging to keep an extra-close watch on roads.

Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says the goal is to keep impaired drivers off the road.

He says the final weekends of summer are typically some of the deadliest of the year in terms of alcohol-related crashes.

The Department of Public Safety says in late August and early September of the last three years, Minnesota has had 29 deaths from drunken crashes.

State authorities are getting federal help to pay for the crackdown. A federal grant worth $800,000 will help cover overtime costs.

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