December DWI enforcement arrests nets in 2,551 arrests statewide
Highest BAC reading of offender reported at 0.47
ST. PAUL — Minnesota law enforcement agencies arrested 2,551 impaired drivers as part of a statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DWI enforcement campaign in December, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety preliminary reports from 337 reporting agencies.
A similar DWI crackdown in December 2011 resulted in 2,600 DWI arrests.
“Our goal with these campaigns is to educate about the importance of planning a sober ride, and use enforcement for those who decide to get behind the wheel and put the lives of others—and their own—in danger,” said Lt. Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol spokesman.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported 544 arrests during the extra enforcement. In the Twin Cities, agencies with the most DWI arrests during the campaign included: St. Paul PD with 137; Minneapolis PD, 86; Bloomington PD, 44; White Bear Lake PD, 37, and Brooklyn Park PD, 34.
In Greater Minnesota, where 77 percent of the drunk driving deaths occur annually, agencies with the most arrests included: St. Cloud PD with 43; Rochester PD, 40; Moorhead PD, 33; Duluth PD, 23, and Red Lake Public Safety-Law Enforcement, 23.
The State Patrol reported the highest alcohol-concentration in the state during the December campaign was 0.47; the legal limit is 0.08. Twenty-three agencies reported their highest alcohol-concentration in an arrest was at or above 0.30. More than 135 agencies reported their highest alcohol-concentration was at or above 0.20.
Extra DWI patrols will continue this year on roads in Minnesota’s 13 counties with the highest combined totals of drunk driving traffic deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries. The top 13 most dangerous DWI counties are Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, Anoka, Dakota, Olmsted, Washington, Stearns, Wright, Sherburne, Becker, Meeker and Otter Tail.
To view all arrests by agency and their highest alcohol-concentration DWI arrest, visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/Documents/dec-dwi-results.pdf.