Extra DWI enforcement planned in Minnesota during holiday season

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Updated: November 26, 2019 03:59 PM

Extra law enforcement will be on Minnesota roadways watching for impaired drivers this holiday season, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said.

A drink here or there can seem insignificant, but one drink can affect a driver's judgment. During a time when many people consume alcohol while celebrating the holidays, DPS reminded drivers to line up a sober ride.


More than 300 agencies across the state will be participating in the extra enforcement campaign, which will run from Nov. 27 on weekends through Dec. 28, according to DPS.

From Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019, DPS said nearly 1,800 people were arrested for DWI by DWI officers.

According to DPS, more than 125,000 people have been arrested for DWI in Minnesota over the past five years, with about 13,000 of those arrests happening between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

The success of the DWI program has also provided funding for etra DWI officers to begin patrolling in the coming weeks, DPS said.

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