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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Police have already arrested hundreds of drunk drivers throughout the state as they've put a big focus on this weekend, including tonight.

Sadly, we've already seen deaths on the roads here locally.

Labor Day was the deadliest holiday in Arizona last year. 

Statewide, we saw 17 fatalities and a total of 14 fatal car crashes.

In Tucson, authorities are already investigating two deadly motorcycle accidents that both happened within the last 24 hours.

Marana Police say a biker was killed in a crash at Interstate 10 and Cortaro early Monday morning.

Another fatal motorcycle accident occurred in midtown Sunday night near Alvernon and Juarez Street involving a 63-year-old biker.

State and local agencies have been teaming up to patrol our highways and roads over this long holiday weekend. Almost 400 people were already arrested in the state for drunk driving incidents and dozens were arrested for having drugs in their system.

For family members who've lost loved ones in fatal crashes, this number is way too high. These statistics very personal for them as the continue to grieve over loved ones lost on our roads.

"It breaks my heart that people are still drinking and driving, said Monica Salazar. "I lost two people: my best friend and my dad to drinking and driving and I just don't understand why people won't understand it [will] happen to them."

The state is expected to let us know the total number of people arrested for drunk driving and the number of fatalities on our roads by Tuesday.

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