Extra DWI patrols start Wednesday

More law enforcement officers will be on roads across Minnesota starting Wednesday as they work to crack down on impaired driving during the holidays.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says troopers, deputies and police officers will participate in the statewide campaign from Nov. 23 through the end of the year.

As part of the campaign, officers will be looking for drivers who appear to be impaired by alcohol or any other substances.

“The holidays are a busy but fun time filled with sharing food, laughter and time-honored traditions with our family and friends,” Office of Traffic Safety Director Mike Hanson said. “This should be a time for Minnesotans to take a break from the daily stresses of life. Alcohol may be a part of the celebrating and that’s OK as long as you’re not driving after drinking. The same guidance applies with any substance that can impair your driving, including sleep aids or THC edibles. Drive smart by planning a safe and sober ride.”

According to DPS, more than 12,000 DWIs have been issued between the day before Thanksgiving and Dec. 31 over the past five years.

In announcing the start of the campaign, DPS is encouraging Minnesotans to plan a safe ride — whether that’s designating a sober driver, staying at the celebration location or using an alternative option — rather than driving impaired.