The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently released the DWI end of summer crackdown report. From August 21st through September 7th statewide DWI arrests resulted in 1,873 DWI arrest or more than 100 DWIs per day. The average alcohol concentration of offenders was 0.16 – twice the legal limit of 0.08.
If you are arrested for DWI you will lose your license for at least 90 days and costs may be as high as $20,000 in fees and increased insurance rates. Sadly, each year in Minnesota up to 200 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes. More than 35,000 people are arrested for DWI.
Along with the DWI crackdown, police also cited 3,035 seat belt non-use citations. The report also stated that of the impaired drivers and their passengers killed in alcohol-related crashes during 2006-2008, more than 70 percent were not wearing seat belts.
Here is the breakdown of DWI arrests statewide:
The Minnesota State Patrol – 284
Minneapolis Police Department 55
St. Paul Police – 49,
Bloomington Police 37,
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office 31
In greater Minnesota, White Earth Tribal Police arrested 28 motorists for DWI, followed by Rochester Police Department (22), Cass County Sheriff’s Office (19), Mankato Police (19), and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office (18).