The Minnesota State Patrol plans to team up with about 400 local law enforcement agencies statewide to conduct DWI enforcement for the holiday season.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is typically the most deadly time on Minnesota roads. From 2006-2008, alcohol related crashes in the month of December accounted for 44 traffic deaths and 76 serious injuries. In addition, during this period, 9,903 motorists were arrested for DWI.
While most people think that being arrested for a DWI is no big deal, think again. The results of being arrested results in loss of license for at least 90 days and fines up to $20,000 when factoring increased insurance rates, court and lawyer costs, driver reinstatement fees and more. This can really turn your life upside down for a long time.
Law enforcement also will be enforcing seat belt laws enacted in June 2009. A major factor in many alcohol-related deaths is seat belt use. Each year, 75 percent of the impaired drivers killed are also not belted. By partnering seat belt and DWI enforcement, law enforcement will provide better results for traffic safety. This means that law enforcement will stop and ticket drivers and passengers for seat belt violations that can total more than $100.
Don’t drive drunk during this holiday season and always buckle up before you drive.