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Nationwide crackdown on impaired drivers begins Friday

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CADDO -- One of the largest campaigns of the year to crackdown on impaired driving begins Friday.

Law enforcement agencies nationwide will spend the next two-and-a-half weeks aggressively targeting anyone who gets behind the wheel impaired.

It looked like the beginning of a TV show but a re-enactment Thursday at Caddo High School only simulated what really happens when a drunk driver causes a deadly crash.

"Impaired driving is not an accident. This is not an accident. This was preventable," David Houser with the Durant Police Department said.

Dozens of Caddo High School students watched as Durant firefighters cut the top off the car. It was supposedly hit by a drunk driver who also watched in handcuffs.

"I hope they walk away with the realization that it doesn't just wreck a car, that there is some tragedy involved and there's ramifications not only for them but maybe for somebody else as well," Caddo Superintendent Richard Thomas said.

While the baby in the backseat of the mock rescue made it out okay, her mother did not.

"I got chills," 12th grader Therese Miller said. "That actually happens to people all the time and it just made me rethink stuff that happens everyday."

The performance marks the beginning of the nationwide drunk driving crackdown, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Almost every state and local law enforcement agency in Texoma is participating.

"Impaired driving and drunk driving is one of the biggest issues across the nation right now and we think it's really important to educate people on what can happen if you drive drunk or impaired," Renee Vance with the Madill Police Department said.

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign runs from Friday through the Labor Day weekend, three days that historically result in more fatalities on the road.

During the 2013 Labor Day weekend, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 12 people died in vehicle crashes statewide, three of which involved alcohol.

Although the scene at the school was all staged, the hope is that it drives home the message: Drunk driving can have enormous consequences in real life.

In all 50 states, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above.