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Added DWI Patrols To Target 13 MN Counties In 2012

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – State officials will be targeting 13 Minnesota counties over the next year in the crackdown on drunk driving, according to a Minnesota Department of Public Safety report released Friday.

They are the 13 counties with the highest combined totals for DWI arrests and alcohol-related traffic deaths. The list includes Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, St. Louis, Dakota, Wright, Olmsted, Rice, Washington, Stearns, Sherburnek, Scott and Carver Counties.

Sherburne County is the only county new to the list as Itasca County was removed in 2011. There were 131 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2010, the lowest on record. A statewide crackdown on drunk driving in December also resulted in 2,573 arrests for DWI.

From 2008 to 2010, Hennepin County led the state with more than 20,000 DWI arrests and 49 alcohol-related traffic deaths. Anoka, St. Louis and Wright County each had 20 alcohol-related traffic deaths, and Anoka County led that group with more than 5,700 DWI arrests.

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