DWI enforcement stepped up for St. Patrick's weekend

11:01 AM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Driving drunk can cost you plenty of green, your license, and at worst... your life.

That's the message from law enforcement, who are stepping up DWI patrols this weekend as partygoers across the Twin Cities celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) reminds folks to plan ahead for a sober ride home, and warns that extra patrols will be on the road across the metro.

St. Patrick's Day is historically a dangerous drinking and driving period. DPA officials are especially concerned this year as the holiday falls on a Sunday, meaning revelers may make a weekend of celebrating.

There have been 11 traffic deaths in the last five years during the St. Patrick's Day holiday; at least two of those deaths involved a drunk driver. During this same time period, 1,241 motorists were arrested for DWI during the holiday.

"Weekend-long events could make for a potentially dangerous situation on our roads," says Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. "If you're planning on drinking, plan ahead for a sober ride."

Since 2008, the number of people arrested for DWI on St. Patrick's Day has gone up every year, demonstrating how serious law enforcement is about enforcing the law.

  • 2008 (Monday) - 165 
  • 2009 (Tuesday) - 218
  • 2010 (Wednesday) - 225
  • 2011 (Thursday) - 287
  • 2012 (Saturday) - 346

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