More than 1,000 arrests since Thanksgiving in DWI crackdown


WCCO reports that more than 1,000 people have been nabbed for driving while intoxicated since the night before Thanksgiving.

State and local law enforcement agencies are working overtime on the crackdown through December, targeting counties with the most alcohol-related deaths and injuries.

So far, Hennepin County leads the list, followed by Anoka, Ramsey, St. Louis and Dakota counties.

Hometown News Source reports 25 counties are part of the crackdown. In order, the others are: 6.Washington; 7. Olmsted; 8. Otter Tail; 9. Stearns; 10. Wright; 11. Itasca; 12. Cass; 13. Beltrami; 14. Sherburne; 15. Meeker; 16. Crow Wing; 17. Pine; 18. Mille Lacs; 19. Rice; 20. Scott; 21. Becker; 22. Aitkin; 23. Carver; 24. Morrison; 25. Blue Earth.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety website lists 2010-2012 data for all 87 counties.

Extra DWI patrols will continue in the 25 counties periodically through September 2014, as part of a 12-month, federally funded enforcement program.

In 2012, more than 28,400 people were arrested for DWI, with 104 people killed in drunk driving crashes and 2,644 people suffering injuries in alcohol-related crashes.

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