Minn. Drunk Drivers Make 'DWI Confessions'

Updated: 12/26/2013 8:32 PM
Created: 12/26/2013 8:14 PM
By: Cassie Hart

The Minnesota State Patrol arrested 28 impaired drivers on Christmas Eve and Day, and they want to remind drivers how a DWI can change your life.

Three Minnesotans shared their DWI confessions in a video. One man talks about the hours and days following his arrest, which included jail time, extensive fees and loss of driving privileges.

A DWI offense can result in the loss of your license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.

According the the state patrol, repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

Last year, more than 100 people were killed in drunken driving crashes.

There will be extra DWI patrols through the New Year.

Since the enforcement campaign began Nov. 27, at least 2,150 people have been arrested for DWI in Minnesota.

Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a sober ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
  • Buckle up — it's the best defense against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide a location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

Video courtesy of the Minnesota State Patrol.

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