ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says 675 motorists have been arrested for drunken driving in the first half of December.

The arrests are part of a month-long enforcement campaign that’s going on statewide. In all, 400 agencies are conducting increased DWI patrols through New Year’s Eve. The preliminary results released Wednesday are from 170 agencies.

The enforcement campaign is coordinated by DPS’s Office of Traffic Safety and it’s supported by $350,000 in federal funding, to cover 7,000 extra hours of enforcement.

In Decembers from 2007 through 2009, there were 34 alcohol-related traffic deaths in Minnesota.

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Comments (5)
  1. Curious says:

    I am surprised so many people drinking and driving! Can a person have a glass a wine with dinner at a restaurant and still be under the legal alcohol level? I have always wondered that since occasionally we order wine with our meal. Also can you test your own level before driving?

    1. Maria says:

      Usually you fine – depends on size of the glass and your size I imagine too.
      They have some analyzers you can buy but if that’s all you are drinking I wouldn’t bother honestly. And this is coming from a truly sober person.
      btw-if you can stop at one and be done I commend you. most don’t

  2. lynn says:

    It depends on if the MSP is short in the budget

  3. MarkFT says:

    It’s a small start at best.
    Drove on 694 and then south on 169 for maybe 40 miles all told last night. 3 vehicles couldn’t come closde to holding their lane and crossed the divider line numerous times, one even hit a snow bank and then the ditch. I suspect at least another couple were either pathetically poor drivers or likely impaired to lesser degree.
    I decided I am going to be putting my cell phone to good use in days and years ahead. #1 on my speed-dial now. Blue tooth so I keep both hands on my wheel at that. 😉

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