ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Officials said Tuesday about 1,300 people have been arrested for driving drunk so far this month across the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Officials said county sheriff’s offices, municipal agencies and the Minnesota State Patrol are working overtime during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to crack down on drunk driving. It’s especially relevant this month with people hosting holiday parties and New Year’s Eve just around the corner. Authorities are urging the public to find a sober ride if they plan on drinking.
Officials said in the last five years, 651 people have been killed in drunk driving crashes, including 111 last year. DPS officials said about 30,000 people are arrested every year for DWI. In the last three Decembers, 28 people have been killed in drunk driving crashes and nearly 7,500 have been arrested for DWI.