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DPS: Labor Day Weekend Averages 6 Traffic Deaths, 500 DWIs

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) says their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will conclude this Labor Day weekend – a holiday period that averages 6 traffic-related deaths and 500 DWIs. According to the DPS, there were 17 traffic-related deaths, 32 life-altering injuries and almost 1,600 DWI arrests during the Labor Day holiday period from 2010-2012. In the past five years, there were 585 total drunk-driving-related deaths in Minnesota.

08/30/2013

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DPS Releases Final 2012 Drunken Driving Report

As the statewide DWI crackdown continues through Labor Day, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released the final 2012 drunken driving report.

08/26/2013

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DPS: Ignition Interlock Greatly Reduces Reoffenders

The ignition interlock device program has been extremely effective at reducing reoffenders in Minnesota, according to information released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Wednesday.

08/21/2013

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Authorities Live-Tweeting DWI Arrests As Enforcement Increases

You may think you’ve heard it before, but troopers say people aren’t really listening. Lt. Eric Roeske with the State Patrol said Friday that “with over 500 killed in the last five years, drunk driving remains a huge problem.”

08/16/2013

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DPS: 5 Road-Related Deaths, 560 DWIs During July 4th Holiday Week

Five car crash-related deaths and 560 DWI arrests occurred during the Fourth of July holiday period, says the Department of Public Safety. During the holiday period – from Wednesday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, July 7 – there were five people killed in four crashes. Three of the deaths were motorcyclists killed in two separate crashes on July 4 – the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota roads, according to DPS records. On the evening of July 3, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in south Minneapolis.

07/08/2013

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State Emergency Center Opens After Spring Snow Storm

Spring snow fall has triggered partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

04/10/2013

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Iowa Teen Shot By Sheriff Charged In Incident

A teenager shot by an Iowa sheriff after authorities say the boy refused to drop a weapon has been arrested in connection with the November incident.

03/05/2013

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DPS Program Gives Over 4,500 Car Seats To Families

Thousands of Minnesota families have benefited from a program that provides free car seats to those in need.

The Department of Public Safety says that over the last two years it has provided 4,591 car seats through a program that ensures low-income families are transporting their kids safely.

The program started in 1994 and is administered by the DPS Office of Traffic Safety.

Families that meet low-income guidelines may be eligible to get car seats at more than 100 locations statewide. The seats are from local public health offices, hospitals, law enforcement, fire departments and other agencies that partner with DPS.

Child passenger safety coordinator Heather Darby says the proper use of car seats is critical. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of deaths to children age 14 and under.

02/25/2013

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Auditor Says Minn. Police’s Data Use Has Problems

Eighty-eight law enforcement officials improperly looked up Minnesotans’ driver’s license information in the last year, according to a statewide audit Wednesday that called for tighter controls on such databases.

02/20/2013

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Lawsuit Says Drug Training Program Violated Rights

Six people who claim they were given drugs as part of a now-suspended training program for police are suing the state of Minnesota, alleging the program was an “unethical clinical trial.”

02/01/2013

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Spike In Motorcycle Deaths Has DPS Concerned

Forty-seven motorcycle deaths so far this year has the Minnesota Department of Public Safety calling for more awareness and training. For 2011, motorcycle deaths totaled 42.

09/20/2012

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DPS: Watch For Students Heading Back To School

State safety officials are urging drivers to watch for students heading back to school this week in Minnesota where school buses make at least 10,000 trips each day.

09/04/2012

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Minn. Sees Continued Drop In DWI Arrests

Minnesota public safety officials are reporting encouraging numbers in their campaign against drunken driving.

08/29/2012

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DWI Crackdown Results In 605 Drunk Driving Arrests

Minnesota police officers have arrested 605 drunk drivers after two weekends of a statewide DWI enforcement campaign.

08/28/2012

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Farmington Woman Foils Anti-Drunk Driving Device

A thirty-four-year-old Farmington woman was arrested last Tuesday night in Dakota County and charged with her fourth DWI.

06/18/2012

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