ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that 225 drunken driving arrests were made on Friday night.
Friday was the first night of "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," a major DWI crackdown that runs through Labor Day. The effort is designed to raise awareness that dangers posed by Minnesotans who choose to drive drunk don't just occur over long holiday weekends.
The campaign involves the State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state.
"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.