Law enforcement officers fanned out across the state during the weekend in an increased effort to curb drinking and driving – and made hundreds of arrests, state officials tweeted:
In a new twist, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted about several arrests that were being made in real time Friday night:
About one-third of Minnesota crash deaths each year are alcohol-related, and almost 30,000 drivers are arrested for DWI each year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
People know that drunken driving leads to traffic fatalities, but the message hasn't really sunk in, troopers say.
“With over 500 killed in the last five years, drunk driving remains a huge problem,” Lt. Eric Roeske with the State Patrol told WCCO.
Officials plan to saturate state roads with law enforcement officers through the Labor Day weekend.