ST. PAUL, Minn. - The dangers posed by Minnesotans who choose to drive drunk take no holiday.
That's the message from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Traffic Safety Division, as a major DWI crackdown that runs from Friday, August 16 through Labor Day was announced.
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" will involve the State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state. To underscore the strong DWI enforcement activity and encourage people to secure a sober ride, DPS will live-report DWI arrest activity on Twitter and post arrest updates on Twin Cities digital billboards during the evening of Aug. 16.
The updates will include age and gender of offender, location of arrest and alcohol-concentration level. Follow arrests at @MnDPS_OTS, #onelessdrunkdriver.
"There are plenty of Minnesotans who have driven drunk plenty of times and have not yet crashed and have not yet been caught," says Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. "All it takes is one crash, one arrest to turn your world upside down. Avoid the risk and plan ahead."
DPS says 28,418 people were arrested for DWI in 2012; the average alcohol-concentration was 0.15. Alcohol-related crashed killed 104 people last year, and injured another 2,644 people.
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