Minnesota surpasses 13,000 DWI arrests in 2018

That's an average of 71 drunk-driving arrests per day.
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More than 13,000 people have been arrested for DWI in Minnesota so far in 2018 and that number will undoubtedly climb with Fourth of July week now here. 

The staggering number of drunk-driving arrests was provided Monday morning by the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, with the exact total so far in 2018 at 13,011 arrests, including 239 over the weekend. 

There have been 182 full days so far in 2018, meaning an average of just over 71 people are arrested for DWI in Minnesota every day. And with 183 days still left this year, Minnesota is on pace for a whopping 26,000 DWIs. 

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According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, there are more DWI arrests per hour on the fourth of July than any other holiday. 

  • Fourth of July – 3.9 per hour
  • Labor Day – 3.8
  • St. Patrick’s Day – 3.8
  • Memorial Day – 3.6
  • Thanksgiving – 3.6
  • New Year’s Day – 3.3
  • Christmas – 2.5

“With so many ride-share programs available, it’s frustrating to know many people continue to get behind the wheel after drinking,” said Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson. “A DWI can change your life forever. Whether it’s financially or carrying the burden of taking a life, it’s not worth it. Line up a sober ride and celebrate the holiday responsibly.” 

In related news, there will be increased enforcement of speeding violations July 6-22 throughout Minnesota.

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