By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol says the snow and sleet coupled with party-goers could make for a bad night on Minnesota roads.

“Alcohol is one factor, and weather is another when you combine the two it can create a bad situation so if we can eliminate the alcohol side of it, then we just have the weather to deal with,” said Lt. Eric Roeske.

The state patrol has increased its DWI patrols across Minnesota for the holiday.

Friday’s enforcement is part of the patrol’s month-long Safe and Sober campaign.

Roeske says troopers are going to be aggressively targeting drunken drivers.

“A lot of times when we arrest people, it’s the folks who drink more than they’re planning on. Obviously alcohol impairs judgment and causes people to make bad decisions, so plan ahead so you can have a good time,” he said.

Roeske said either designate a driver or plan for another way home. He also said troopers will be ready to help out any drivers having trouble in the weather.

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Comments (15)
  1. Billy says:

    The state should quit wasting money on these extra patrols and just let everyone have a good time. Arresting people for dwi is just a huge waste of time and money.

    1. Unbelievable says:

      Billy, you are an idiot.

    2. Come On Now says:

      Why don’t you tell that to the multitudes of people who have lost family members and friends to drunk drivers, hm?

    3. MN Resident says:

      Billy, I have been hit by a drunk driver and still paying the consequences of that idiots’ actions. I am grateful that there will be more patrols out there looking for and arresting those who think drinking and driving is ok.

    4. Bobby Jackson says:

      I wonder if you would feel that way if you had a family member killed by a drunk driver? This is a very ignorant statement.

    5. john says:

      U need to be put always for life.

  2. Angela says:

    I doubt you would be making the same naïve and asinine comment if you or someone you care about had ever been hit by a drunk driver. Drunk driving is not “having a good time”. Responsible people plan ahead so these extra patrols aren’t an impedence on their fun.

  3. Billy says:

    I myself have been hit by a drunk driver. His punishment was a 30 license suspension and 1 year of probation. What a waste of time

  4. Billy 2 says:

    The only good cop is one who is sleeping. I don’t like cops, they love to ruin a good time…

    Leave it be so we can have a good time on New Years Eve

  5. Amanda says:

    How about adding the elderly and people with sleep deprivation to that list? Driving is a risk we all take. Pay attention, stop texting and be aware of your surroundings. If you are that concerned, stay off the roads!

  6. Come On Now says:

    Me thinks little Billy is a troll. Don’t feed the trolls!

  7. McLovin says:

    This is bull. Cops dont help you, at least 80% wont. I was stuck in the snow last night and 2 drove by and just looked. Also, they claim policing is becoming more “community oriented” that is BS as well….I bet if i called a state trooper right now for a ride he would say he is busy….

  8. Mplscitizen says:

    Keep your teens home. Billy’s on the loose.

  9. Mplscitizen says:

    Billy, if you have any teens, send them over to my house, I love kids..