Authorities Stress Sober Rides on New Year's Eve

Updated: 12/31/2013 6:33 AM
Created: 12/30/2013 10:03 PM
By: Jennie Olson

On New Years Eve the Department of Public Safety is encouraging everyone to plan ahead for a sober ride home.

If nobody you're out with is able to be a designated driver, you may want to check out public transportation.

Metro Transit is once again teaming up with Miller Lite to offer free rides on all bus and light rail trains starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The offer is not valid on Northstar.

The Department of Public Safety says extra patrols of state troopers and other law enforcers will be on the lookout for drunken drivers Tuesday night.
The New Year's holiday has been a big time for DWI arrests and alcohol-related crashes.
According to the department's Office of Traffic Safety, more than 2,300 people have been arrested for driving while intoxicated on Minnesota roads on New Years from 2008 on. There have five fatalities and more than 200 injuries from crashes involving impaired drivers.
Punishment for a DWI offense can be a lost license, jail time and thousands in fines and reinstatement fees. Repeat offenders face more severe consequences.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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