Rise in Impaired Driving During Holiday Season

Local law enforcement are cracking down on driving under the influence this holiday season.

DULUTH, Minn.-Last year in Minnesota 74 people died due to alcohol involved crashes, on Wednesday 74 holiday gifts were handed out at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The event is part of the Towards Zero Death Campaign. Local law officials walked students through field sobriety tests. When participants attempted to complete the tasks wearing the drunk simulation goggles, it put things perspective.

“It’s a good reminder for not only UMD students, but everybody here in the Twin Ports,” Sargeant Neil Dickenson said.  “On what the dangers of what driving under any influence can result in.”

The holiday season is the second largest time alcohol involved crashes occur. Extra law enforcement are patrolling the rounds during the holiday time into the new year. Over 3o0

law enforcement agencies are participating across Minnesota.

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