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.
More than 200 drivers are facing drunk-driving charges after just one night of increased patrols. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 225 drivers failed sobriety tests during Friday night. The department is also tweeting information about those arrested for DWI, including age, gender and blood alcohol level of offenders. The arrest location is also noted, but the names of the offenders are not revealed.
Minnesota police officers have arrested 605 drunk drivers after two weekends of a statewide DWI enforcement campaign.
A thirty-four-year-old Farmington woman was arrested last Tuesday night in Dakota County and charged with her fourth DWI.
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office reports that a drunken driver who stopped at a Dairy Queen drive-through ended up causing a lot of damage.
Last week, a suspected drunken driver was pulled over by Rosemount police, only to flee and take officers on a 110 mph chase.
Lab tests show that a North Dakota Highway Patrol captain arrested in Minnesota allegedly had a blood alcohol level nearly twice that state’s legal limit for driving.
Forty-three impaired drivers were arrested between noon Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
An “end of summer” crackdown on drunk drivers is getting underway in Minnesota.