ST. PAUL - The recent end-of-summer DWI saturation across Minnesota makes it pretty clear.
People still aren't getting the message about the cost of drinking and driving.
Between August 19 and September 5, troopers, sheriff deputies and police officers made 1,351 arrests for DWI. Some of those arrests are head-shaking, illustrating how too much alcohol can lead to bad decision making.
- Winona County Sheriff’s Office arrested a driver for DWI who had his intoxicated brother as a passenger. The brother was arrested for DWI less than an hour later while driving the same vehicle.
- Two Harbors Police arrested a motorist for fleeing and DWI after striking a firetruck and squad car at a crash scene. During the pursuit, the driver struck two more squad cars.
- Hutchinson Police arrested an individual who attempted to drive through a roundabout and got stuck.
“Most drunk drivers arrested are first-time offenders who won’t get arrested again, but even the first DWI can be costly and deadly,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director. “People can overestimate their driving skills and think they’re OK to drive after drinking. They’re not OK, and we need the awareness and enforcement to influence Minnesotans for the safety of all on the road.”
During the extra enforcement campaign, the highest alcohol concentrations recorded included:
- 0.38 – White Bear Lake Police Department
- 0.36 – Rochester Police Department
- 0.33 – Bloomington Police Department
- 0.32 – Minnesota State Patrol – District 2400 (Oakdale), Red Lake Tribal Police and St. Francis PD
- 0.31 – Owatonna Police Department
In the Twin Cities metro area, agencies with the most DWI arrests during the campaign included:
- Minnesota State Patrol District 2400 (Oakdale) – 89
- Minnesota State Patrol District 2500 (Golden Valley) – 67
- Minneapolis Police Department – 26
- St. Paul Police Department – 25
- Eden Prairie Police Department – 21
In Greater Minnesota, agencies with the most DWI arrests included:
- Minnesota State Patrol District 2100 (Rochester) – 40
- Rochester Police Department – 21
- St. Cloud Police Department – 20
- Minnesota State Patrol District 2700 (Duluth) – 17
- Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office – 15
The entire report of participating law enforcement agencies can be found on the Department of Public Safety website.