13 Minnesota counties targeted in DWI enforcement

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Hennepin, Ramsey and 11 other Minnesota counties (below) – where the numbers of drunken-driving deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries are the highest – will have more patrol officers on the roadways Wednesday, traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year, the Minnesota State Highway Patrol says.

And the patrols will continue through September 2013 as part of a federal program, the Star Tribune reports.

From 2009-2011, there were 344 alcohol-related deaths and 860 serious injuries – and 92,542 DWIs, according to the state.

The worst counties for drunken driving in terms of total numbers of incidents, from 2009-2011:

1. Hennepin
2. Ramsey
3. St. Louis
4. Anoka
5. Dakota
6. Olmsted
7. Washington
8. Stearns
9. Wright
10. Sherburne
11. Becker
12. Meeker
13. Otter Tail

In North Dakota on Wednesday, every sworn highway patrol officer will be on the road, the Forum reports.

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