Six DWIs for Woodbury Over New Year’s Eve

There were two last year, according to figures provided by the Woodbury Public Safety Department.

Among the more than 300 people arrested on suspicion of DWI in Minnesota over the New Year’s Eve timeframe, there were six in Woodbury.

That’s a slight jump from the two who were busted for drinking and driving last year, according to numbers provided by the Woodbury Public Safety Department.

From Dec. 1, 2011, to Jan. 1, 2012, there were 19 people arrested on DWI charges. This past month that number was 26.

The total number of DWI offenses in Woodbury in 2011 was 130; for 2012 it was 150.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Wednesday reported that at least 300 people were arrested for DWI statewide on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, according to its preliminary arrest information. The arrest numbers come from the State Patrol, county sheriff’s offices and municipal law enforcement agencies.

While the state had gone four years without a drinking-related death on the roads, there was a fatality north of Deer River, Minn., on Dec. 31, 2012, but it is not known at this time whether alcohol was involved in the crash.

The state averaged 295 DWIs during the previous five years for the holiday, according to a release from the Minnesota DPS.

“New Year’s remains a major celebration, and many people still put lives at risk on the holiday by making the dangerous decision to drink and drive,” Jean Ryan, DPS Office of Traffic Safety impaired driving coordinator, said in a statement. “Those who did not plan ahead for a sober ride and were arrested face serious consequences.”

Several law enforcement agencies conducted extra DWI patrols on New Year’s Eve as part of a statewide enforcement campaign.

Info from the Public Safety Department

Drunk Driving in Minnesota

In the last five years, 651 people were killed in drunk driving crashes—111 in 2011. Each year, nearly 30,000 people are arrested for DWI.

DWI Consequences

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time. Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a safe ride—designate a sober driver, use a cab or public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration. Let family/friends know you are available to offer a safe ride home.
  • Buckle up and wear protective motorcycle gear—the best defenses against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving—call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.


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David Salchow January 03, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Slight jump? It tripled from two to six.
Kris Janisch January 03, 2013 at 06:25 PM
I thought about that David, good point.
Rob January 04, 2013 at 04:26 AM
I believe one DUI takes a police officer off the street for three hours. I could be wrong but if so, that is along time to tie up one officer who could be out doing something else.
Kris Janisch January 04, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I know the PD has a system where its reserve officers take people to detox to keep cops on the street. http://patch.com/A-tfYZ
Cynthia Cincoski January 05, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Even if it did take a cop three hours of their time it would still be worth it. They could be saving several lives by taking the DUI offender off the street.


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