Statewide and nationwide DWI enforcement
begins on August 21st through September 7th. Approximately 400 Minnesota agencies will participate in this effort included Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). The aim of the enforcement is taking impaired drivers off the road and encouraging motorists to make safe decisions such as designating a driver or even taking a taxi home.
According to Minnesota statistics, around 100 people are arrested for DWI daily. A first time DWI offense means that your driver’s license will be revoked for a minimum of 90 days. The cost of a DWI can reach up to $20,000 when you consider legal, court and administrative fees.
DPS reports alcohol-related crashes still accounted for more than one-third of all deaths for each year. In the last three years, 2006–2008, 519 motorists were killed and another 1,159 motorists were seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes statewide.
The DWI enforcement effort also focuses on motorcyclists. Rider deaths continue to surge in 2009, out-pacing last year’s 24-year high in fatalities. In 2008, DPS cites drinking and riding as a major factor in rider deaths. Forty-seven percent of the riders killed in crashes tested positive for alcohol.
Enjoy the last holiday of the summer – Labor Day weekend – but remember to be responsible when driving. Don’t drive drunk or impaired.