DPS: 1,300 DWI Arrests In December So Far

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.

  • http://www.watchingthetide.com/how-to-not-drink-and-drive-in-style-this-holiday-season/ How to not drink and drive in style this holiday season. | Watching the Tide

    […] According to CBS, authorities say that there have been approximately 1,300 arrests in Minnesota on individuals for drunk driving so far this month (and that number was taken six days ago). I did some research and found that David Valentini, a lawyer who worked for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and has received numerous accolades for his work, posted on his website that the cost of a DWI will range from somewhere in between $10,000 – $20,000 for a first time offender. […]

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