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Law enforcement keeping keen eye on drivers around start of 2015

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Police, Sheriff's Deputies and State Troopers throughout the Inland Northwest are keeping a close eye on drivers around the start of 2015 in an effort to keep our roads safe.

Their main focus and concern is drunk driving, and there's not just one time that they're looking for people driving under the influence. 

At 1 pm Wednesday afternoon, Trooper Matt Weberling was chasing drunk drivers. KHQ rode along with Trooper Weberling for a little more than an hour Wednesday, and in that time we watched him make an arrest.

He pulled over a Toyota that was swerving all over the road. After a quick chat, troopers put the driver through the field sobriety test.

During the test, a breathalyzer said the driver had a blood alcohol content of about twice the legal limit (0.08).

Troopers say the bottom line is you should make the right decision if you're going to celebrate the new year.

If you believe you see a drunk driver, troopers say the first thing you should do is have someone in your car or truck call 911. Then you can try to take down their license plate number.

If possible, troopers say you should stay on the phone with 911 and try to follow the driver from a safe distance so you can tell law enforcement where that driver is.

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