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Alcohol related deaths are down in Miss.

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(WMC-TV) – Mississippi is no longer among the top 10 states with the highest number of alcohol related deaths.

This is the state's first time dropping out of the top 10 since the record keeping began.

Just three years ago, Mississippi ranked seventh, with 364 alcohol related deaths. By 2010, that number was down to 231. This pushed the magnolia state down to number 20 on the list.

"Any type of driving that would make that law enforcement officer believe that driver is impaired, it's our job to pull them over," said John Poulos, with the Miss. Highway Patrol.

Miss. highway patrol and thousands of other agencies across the country, are gearing up for a drunk driving blitz to run through labor day.

Starting Tuesday, an additional 360 troopers in Miss. will be on the roads.

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