Minnesota State Troopers arrested 94 people for drunken driving on St. Patrick’s Day. It was lowest number for the holiday in six years. Year-round DWI arrests across Minnesota are also down – for eight years straight – even though we are one of 12 states that don’t allow sobriety checkpoints.
More people chose to grab a sober ride this St. Patrick’s Day. Tuesday marked the lowest DWI arrests on the holiday in six years, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Two women got DWIs on the same morning for driving the same car.
It happened just after 6 a.m. in Lino Lakes late last month. The incident was captured on dash cam video, as police pulled over the car on the side of I-35 with both women inside.
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.
As your night is filled with trick-or-treaters, the roadways are filled with state troopers.
Men and binge drinkers are the most likely to drive drunk, according to a nationwide survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.