Dangerous Choices on Minnesota Roads Highlighted During Extra Enforcement

1,351 DWI arrests during Extra Enforcement and Awareness Campaign

Troopers, sheriff deputies and police made 1,351 DWI arrests during the end of summer extra enforcement campaign to help prevent bad choices from killing and serioulsy injuring Minnesotans.

“Most drunk drivers arrested are first-time offenders who won’t get arrested again, but even the first DWI can be costly and deadly,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director. “People can overestimate their driving skills and think they’re OK to drive after drinking. They’re not OK, and we need the awareness and enforcement to influence Minnesotans for the safety of all on the road.”

DWI choices during the August 19- September 5 campaign:

  • Winona County Sheriff’s Office arrested a driver for DWI who had his intoxicated brother as a passenger. The brother was arrested for DWI less than an hour later while driving the same vehicle.
  • Two Harbors Police arrested a motorist for fleeing and DWI after striking a firetruck and squad car at a crash scene. During the pursuit, the driver struck two more squad cars.
  • Hutchinson Police arrested an individual who attempted to drive through a roundabout and got stuck.

DWI Arrests with the Highest Alcohol Concentrations:
A driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or above can be arrested for DWI

  • 0.38 – White Bear Lake
  • 0.36 – Rochester
  • 0.33 – Bloomington
  • 0.32 – MN State Patrol District 2400 (Oakdale), Red Lake Tribal Police and St. Francis
  • 0.31 Owatonna

DWI Arrests by Agency
Twin Cities Metro area:

  • 89 – MN State Patrol District 2400 (Oakdale)
  • 67 – MN State Patrol District 2500 (Golden Valley)
  • 26 – Minneapolis
  • 25 – St. Paul
  • 21 – Eden Prairie

Greater Minnesota:

  • 40 – MN State Patrol District 2100 (Rochester)
  • 21 – Rochester
  • 20 – St. Cloud
  • 17 – MN State Patrol District 2700 (Duluth)
  • 15 – Olmsted County

The entire report of participating law enforcement agencies can be found online.

DWI Consequences:
-Loss of license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs, and possible jail time
-Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a license
-Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for 3-6 years or will never regain driving privileges.

The Department of Public Safety reminds drivers – Friends don’t let Friends Drink and Drive
• Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
• Speak Up – Offer to be a designated driver or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
• Buckle up — the best defense 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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