Thursday, January 14, 2016


DWI Enhanced Enforcement Yields 2,502 Drunk Driving Arrests Nov. 25 – Jan. 2
Far too often people are choosing to risk their lives and the lives of others on the road by getting behind the wheel drunk. The 2,502 DWI arrests during the statewide extra DWI enforcement campaign include stories that are not only disturbing but frightening. 
The drunk driving arrests include:
·         A 50-year-old man arrested for driving with a 0.25 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) with his 11-year-old in the vehicle in St. Paul.
·         A 33-year-old man who drove through a stop sign, hitting another car, causing severe injuries. The driver registered a 0.20 BAC.
·         In Carver County, a deputy made a traffic stop where both people in the car were arrested for drunk driving. The initial driver became sick and stopped in the middle of the street. His female passenger then drove the car onto the side of the road. The man blew a 0.33 and the woman registered a 0.11.
·         A driver who registered a 0.24 BAC was arrested in Olmsted County for a third DWI in three weeks.
"Unfortunately, these examples of DWI arrests are all too common," said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director. "If you choose to drink, you have the responsibility to find a sober ride home. When you drive drunk, you are not only harming yourself, you are putting other lives at risk."
DWI Arrests by the Number
The statewide extra DWI enforcement campaign ran over the holidays and on weekends from Nov. 25 – Jan. 2. More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota participated in the campaign conducted by Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS).
A driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or above can be arrested for DWI and during the extra enforcement campaign, the highest alcohol concentrations recorded included:
·         0.40 – Minnetonka Police Department
·         0.39 – Ramsey County Sheriff's Office
·         0.35 – Bloomington, Bemidji and Plymouth Police Departments
·         0.34 – Virginia Police Department
·         0.33 – Dakota, Carver and Wright County Sheriff's Offices; St. Francis Police Department
DWI Arrests by Agency
In the Twin Cities metro area, agencies with the most DWI arrests during the campaign included:
·         Minnesota State Patrol District 2400 (Oakdale) – 173
·         Minnesota State Patrol District 2500 (Golden Valley) – 172
·         St. Paul Police Department – 74
·         Minneapolis Police Department – 59
·         Bloomington Police Department – 39
In Greater Minnesota, agencies with the most arrests included:
·         Minnesota State Patrol District 2100 (Rochester) – 62
·         Mankato Department of Public Safety – 39
·         St. Cloud Police Department – 37
·         Stearns County Sheriff's Office – 34
·         Minnesota State Patrol District 2600 (St. Cloud) – 34

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