MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The State Patrol is encouraging people with New Year’s plans to make plans now for a ride home. Troopers are stepping up enforcement over the holiday weekend, to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

New Year’s Eve is typically one of the busiest nights for troopers along with St. Patrick’s Day, the night before Thanksgiving and the summer holidays.

Lt. Eric Roeske with the Minnesota State Patrol said because of the warmer weather, they expect more people to be out on Saturday night, so he’s urging people to plan ahead.

“Use common sense. Make sure you arrange for a safe ride home or a place to stay if you’re out celebrating on New Year’s Eve, that way you can celebrate without the worry of being arrested or being involved in an alcohol related crash,” said Roeske.

Roads could also be slick this weekend, with snowfall expected on Saturday.

“It’s really all about pre-planning. Nobody intends on getting into a crash. Nobody plans to get arrested for drunk driving but the simple fact is once you start drinking it affects your judgment and that’s when you are more likely to use poor judgment and get behind the wheel,” said Roeske.

Metro Transit is offering free rides on buses and the light rail.

The rides run from 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve to the last rides of the night.

The last light rail train leaves at 2:15 a.m. If you miss it, you’ll have to wait for the first morning train at 4:05 a.m.

Comments (20)
  1. Think says:

    No one is planning on being killed over the weekend either. Please don’t drink and drive.

    1. you know its true says:

      ….And while they are processing the paperwork (2hrs) to book the person who blew .08, there will be several still on the road way above that!!!!!

      1. Der says:

        Wow you think the state tyroop-er sits there and books them? You have no idea how the system works.

        1. you know its true says:

          Hey numbnuts, if you add the time it takes to pull car over, run license, conduct field test, call dispatch for a tow, drive to jail and then complete the officers own paperwork…..way over 2 hrs.

          1. Sounds Like Experience Talking? says:

            Hope they “waste” a couple of hours on you tomorrow night!

            1. you know its true says:

              No, just common sense. Something that your unable to process, due to your lack of synapses.

    2. jean says:

      and seat belts use them and be here (alive) for the new year 🙂

  2. Homer says:

    Drunk driving punishments should be so massive and draconian that nobody even THINKS of getting behind the wheel after drinking. Lets say 10 year license lost and 500 hours community service if they don’t cause any harm or damage, and minimum 5 years in jail if they do. Second offense is mandatory 15 years in prison.

    In nearly every state, littering from your car carries a larger punishment than first offense drunk driving. Obscene.

    1. anti bachmann says:

      good one homer you must of been one of them goody goodies that never did anything wrong. they should put you in jail for talking so stupid

      1. TPaw says:

        Hey Shelly (Iknow it’s you or Marcus). Been there, done that, never got caught. You should know “do as I say, not as I do” is how it works in your world. Throw the book at the DWI’s, now go back to Iowa you putz.

      2. Homer says:

        Ah, one of them “good ole’ boys” who think the challenge of deciding which of three pairs of oncoming headlights are the real ones is all part of the fun of a night out.

        Do us all a favor. Get back into bed and let Darwin run it’s course via apnea or something.

        1. TPaw says:

          Not a “good ole’ boy” Homer(Shelly). In fact I’m a “bad ole’ boy” that is able to see three pairs of headlights, text and watch a movie at the same time. Darwin has run his course and I’m it. Go Pack Go!

          1. Homer says:

            Well, you certainly aren’t very good at guessing identities. Who is Shelly, and what’s the backstory?

          2. Homer says:

            Oh, and I was commenting on antibachmann. You will need to pay closer attention to the indentation in the thread.

          3. look mom no hands says:

            Dude, I can do all that also, plus rub one out and drive with my knee at the same time.

    2. Rod Julius says:

      They are tough, thats just stupid, its a revenue scam anyway

  3. bob says:

    The no fun patrol in force over the weekend….

  4. This is News? says:

    This is news? Doesn’t this happen every holiday (and summer weekend)? Think maybe the public already knows this? Must be a slow day for news. Michele Bachmann didn’t do anything stupid this morning?

  5. Tim says:


  6. Profesional driver says:

    I only drink and drive on Good Friday-way less DWI stops!

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