ST. PAUL - Minnesota drivers still aren't getting the message that driving while intoxicated (DWI) is serious business.
The statewide late-summer sting campaign that just wrapped up stands as proof. Statistics released Friday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) show that law enforcement arrested 1,556 impaired drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI enforcement campaign that ran from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.
A total of 344 reporting agencies took part in the campaign. The highest arrest totals in the metro are:
- St. Paul PD (60 arrests)
- Minneapolis PD (42)
- Bloomington PD (31)
- White Bear Lake PD (27)
- Eden Prairie PD (25)
In Greater Minnesota, where 77 percent of the drunk driving deaths occur annually, agencies with the most arrests were:
- St. Cloud PD (23)
- Moorhead PD (22)
- Red Lake Public Safety (21)
- Rochester PD (17)
- Clay County Sheriff (16)
Each year around 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI in Minnesota. Drunk driving crashes have resulted in 585 deaths during the past five years, 104 in 2012 alone.
"Fatal crashes that occur at the hands of a drunk driver are the epitome of a tragedy because they are 100 percent preventable," says Lt. Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol. "By simply planning ahead for a sober ride, we can help keep our roads safe and avoid these unnecessary, life-altering events."
The Highest alcohol concentrations recorded during the campaign included:
- 0.4 (Woodbury PD)
- 0.37 (Worthington PD)
- 0.36 (Minnetonka PD)
- 0.36 (Marshall County Sheriff)
- 0.357 (Swift County Sheriff)
To view all arrests by agency and their highest alcohol-concentration DWI arrest, visit the Department of Public Safety website.
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