The state Department of Public Safety last week announced the arrest of 1,556 impaired drivers during a statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DWI enforcement campaign.
Highest alcohol concentrations recorded during the campaign included:
- 0.4 (Woodbury PD)
- 0.37 (Worthington PD)
- 0.36 (Minnetonka PD)
- 0.36 (Marshall County Sheriff)
- 0.357 (Swift County Sheriff)
The enforcement effort ran from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.
Each year, about 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI in Minnesota, according to the DPS. Drunk-driving crashes have resulted in 585 deaths during the past five years (104 in 2012).
“Fatal crashes that occur at the hands of a drunk driver are the epitome of a tragedy because they are 100 percent preventable,” Lt. Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol, said in a statement. “By simply planning ahead for a sober ride, we can help keep our roads safe and avoid these unnecessary, life-altering events.”
In the Twin Cities, agencies with the most DWI arrests during the campaign included:
- St. Paul PD (60 arrests)
- Minneapolis PD (42)
- Bloomington PD (31)
- White Bear Lake PD (27)
- Eden Prairie PD (25)
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