DPS: More than 2.5K Arrested for Impaired Driving During Stepped-Up Campaign

DPS: More than 2.5K Arrested for Impaired Driving During Stepped-Up Campaign Photo: KSTP

January 10, 2018 01:28 PM

The state Department of Public Safety says 2,656 motorists were arrested for driving impaired during a stepped-up enforcement campaign between Nov. 22 and Dec. 31. 

That is up from 2,407 DWI arrests during the same period in 2016, according to a DPS release.


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The department is using the numbers to urge people ahead of Super Bowl LII to not get behind the wheel after drinking. 

"Nobody plans on getting behind the wheel and taking a life, but that's exactly what you are risking if you decide to drive after drinking," said Mike Hanson, Office of Traffic Safety director. "If you plan on drinking, make a sober game plan. The message is simple: before watching the Big Game or heading out to enjoy an evening that may include alcohol, plan ahead and line up a sober ride." 

The State Patrol made the majority of DWI arrests in the Twin Cities at 335 during the campaign, which DPS says comprised more than 300 law enforcement agencies. Minneapolis police made 82 such arrests, St. Paul 75 and Bloomington 40.

The release says the highest blood-alcohol content – 0.492 – was logged by the Coon Rapids Police Department. Twelve agencies reported BACs of 0.35 or higher.


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