Minnesota’s Top 25 Most Dangerous Drunk Driving Counties

Halloween for adults usually means costumes, parties and trading in candy for an alcoholic beverage. 

Unfortunately, in Minnesota, many adults get behind the wheel and drive drunk. 

According to police,  Minnesota can expect an average of 400 DWIs this weekend. 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released it’s list of the Top 25 Most Dangerous Drunk Driving Counties in the state.  The list is compiled based on drunk driving deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries in every county over the last three years. 

The list is as follows: 

1. Hennepin

2. Anoka

3. Ramsey

4. Dakota

5. St. Louis

6. Stearns

7. Wright

8. Washington 

9. Scott

10. Crow Wing

11. Otter Tail 

12. Cass

13. Olmsted

14. Itasca

15. Kandiyohi

16. Winona

17. Becker

18. Sherburne

19. Rice

20. Beltrami

21. Blue Earth

22. Freeborn

23. Le Sueur

24. Aitkin

25. Meeker

These counties accounted for 61 percent of the state’s drunk driving deaths and 74 percent of alcohol-related serious injuries from 2012-2014. 

There were six counties that dropped off the dangerous list this year. They are Benton, Mille Lacs, Clay, Morrison, Carlton and Pine County. 

In light of the drunk driving statistics, extra patrols will be out this weekend cracking down on drunk drivers.  

According to the Department of Public Safety, Halloween is one of the worst holidays with the highest number of speed-related and unbelted fatalities.  For the first time since 2009, Halloween falls on a Saturday, increasing the likelihood of a tragedy.  

Authorities say Minnesota can expect to see 400 DWIs, 740 crashes, five fatalities (two drunk driving related) and 218 injuries over the Halloween weekend. 

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