DWI Patrols Stepped Up Over Super Bowl Weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says there will be added officers on the road over Super Bowl weekend, in search of drunken drivers.

Authorities say more than 1,400 motorists were arrested for drunken driving during Super Bowl weekends from 2007 through 2009. During the same period, alcohol-related crashes accounted for two of five motorists killed.

Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says Super Bowl party hosts and friends should figure out a plan before Sunday’s game so everyone has a sober ride.

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  • WT?

    I agree that dinking and driving is a problem. However, I’m torn because I think there’s too much government/laws and maybe money could be better spent on education and changing attitudes so people don’t want to drink and drive. When someone is driving fine but gets pulled over for a tailight out and gets arrested for DWI, I’m not sure we’ve accomplished anything. And yes, I’ve had friends who have been hit by drunk drivers, so I know the pain they cause. That’s why we need to change attitudes BEFORE they get in the car to drive.

  • Joe

    Just put up road blocks like they do here in Ireland and they’d catch more. Including for those without insurances and licenses.

  • They tried

    They tried that. State Supreme Court said it’s illegal here.

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