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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Dozens of drivers have been arrested across Indiana over the holiday weekend. Since Saturday, Indiana State Police Troopers arrested more than 32 people statewide, including eight in Indianapolis for driving drunk.

The Fourth of July holiday is considered the most deadly day on the roads. Last year, Indiana Sate Police responded to 964 crashes. Of those crashes, 64 were alcohol-related. Troopers also responded to crashes causing 43 injuries and two deaths in 2015 in Indiana, all caused by drunk drivers.

On the roads for this holiday, ISP has additional troopers working on a federally funded holiday program.

“Normally, it’s their day off, but they’ve come out to work, looking for the drunk drivers, looking for the aggressive drivers," said ISP Cpt. Dave Bursten.

Cpt. Bursten said during simulated drunk driving tests, results have showed the lower the person's BAC, the less likely they are to drive. People with higher BAC's though, feel they are able to drive. Cpt. Bursten said it's because of a diminished judgement."

“When they’re first feeling the effects of alcohol, they recognize it. As they continue to drink, they don’t think about it anymore," Cpt. Bursten said.

In addition to more patrols, ISP will also have several DUI checkpoints throughout central Indiana.

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