DPS: 1,500+ Arrested For DWI During Late Summer Crackdown

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – More than 1,500 drivers were arrested for drunk driving during the end-of-summer “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Authorities said as many as 344 agencies arrested 1,556 impaired drivers during the campaign, which went from Aug. 16-Sept. 2. The report shows five areas that had the most heavily intoxicated driving. Woodbury Police arrested a drunk driver with a blood alcohol content of .4, which is five times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

There was an arrest for a .37 blood alcohol content in Worthington, .36 in Minnetonka and by the Marshall County Sheriff and a .357 by the Swift County Sheriff. The report shows among Twin Cities agencies, St. Paul Police made 60 arrests for DWI during the campaign, while Minneapolis had 42, Bloomington had 31, White Bear Lake had 27 and Eden Prairie had 25.

In greater Minnesota, St. Cloud had 23 arrests for DWI during the campaign.

DPS officials estimate that about 30,000 arrests for DWI are made every year in Minnesota.

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