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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2005 9:55 am | Updated: 9:08 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The holiday season is upon us — as well as the irritable drivers and drunken partygoers that go along with it.

Through Dec. 10, highway patrol officers will crack down on intoxicated, aggressive or speeding drivers on Valley freeways as part of a zerotolerance enforcement.

"This renews our commitment to reduce wrecks and keep people slowed down," said Arizona Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Lane. "This is a busy time of year for everybody."

Operation Maximum Impact will saturate various parts of the Valley at different times, including U.S. 60 and loops 101 and 202.

The patrols will target an increased number of impaired drivers and drivers who speed, make unsafe lane changes or follow too closely.

Officers also hope to reduce response times to freeway crashes and disabled motorists and have an increased presence on the freeways.

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