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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Preliminary counts show 400 people face DWI charges following the St. Patrick's Day weekend, according the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

The State Patrol reported one fatality on Sunday, but it was not clear if alcohol was a factor.

This year's DWI arrests is biggest number over the past five years.

In 2008, there was 165 DWI arrests in Minnesota. That number climbed to 218 arrests in 2009, 225 arrests in 2010, 287 arrests in 2011 and 346 arrests in 2012.

To-date in 2013, there have been 54 traffic deaths in Minnesota, down from 64 at this time last year.

Officials encourage drivers to plan for a safe ride -- designate a sober driver, use a cab or public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration. Those not planning to drink should let family and friends know if they are available to offer a safe ride home. They also said to buckle up and be vigilant. If you witness an impaired driver, call 911.