MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) says arrests for driving while intoxicated are down nearly 70% from this time last year.
There are far fewer drivers on the roads amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tim Walz’s issued a stay-at-home order last Friday as 576 Minnesotans have now tested positive for COVID-19.READ MORE: How Feds Are Working To Crack Down On Crimes Committed With Illegal Firearms
But officials say coronavirus has had at least one positive impact: there were 94 DWI arrests in the past weekend; compared to 293 arrests during the same weekend last year.READ MORE: House Ethics Complaint Against Rep. John Thompson Dismissed After He Agrees To Apologize
“One DWI is one too many! Let’s all continue the downward trend. Stay home if you have had a few too many and always line up a sober ride if you need to travel to another location after drinking,” OTS officials said Monday.
As a whole, roadways across the state are now fairly empty. The reduction in traffic has pushed Metro Transit to cut its service by 40%. But the State Patrol says the drivers who are still on the road are now more often speeding and driving aggressively.MORE NEWS: Eviction Moratorium Update: Without An Extension, What Happens To Renters After July 31?
In a daily briefing Monday afternoon, Gov. Tim Walz says traffic in the state is down 71% in rural areas and 78% in metro areas.