Extra DWI enforcement on Minnesota roads begins Friday


Officials say Minnesota’s stay-at-home COVID-19 response contributed to less traffic and fewer DWIs compared to a year ago. Unfortunately, after the drop in March and April, arrests are climbing. 

As of Aug.10 there were 13,816 arrests year to date compared with 16,881 arrests this time last year. 

Between 2015 and 2019, 137 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during summer months, according to the DPS.  

Between 400 and 500 people were arrested each Labor Day weekend from 2015 to 2019. In 2019, 451 people were arrested over Labor Day weekend. 

The Labor Day holiday period falls only behind Halloween and the Fourth of July for the highest number of DWI arrests per hour compared with other holidays (2013-2017). Fom 2015 to 2019 alone there have been 2,222 DWI incidents. 

The Minnesota Department of Public safety reminds drivers to plan ahead, designate a sober driver, use a safe, alternative transportation option, or stay at the location of the celebration. 

Consequences can lead to loss of license, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.

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