Drivers should expect to see more officers out on the roads searching for drunk drivers beginning this weekend. From Aug. 16 through Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety will increase DWI enforcement and highlight their education campaign.
Big changes are in store for a program meant to help law enforcement take impaired drivers off the streets. State leaders are revamping the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) training program after allegations of misconduct during the Occupy protests at Peavey Plaza last spring. Witnesses posted videos online, and claimed an officer was offering drugs to protesters to get them to participate in the program.
Forty-three impaired drivers were arrested between noon Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.