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New Year's Eve: State hopes for zero drunk driving-related deaths for 5th straight year

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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is hoping the trend of no drunk driving-related death on New Year's Eve continues for a fifth straight year, the Alexandria Echo Press reports.

According to statistics from the DPS' Office of Traffic Safety, there have been zero deaths related to drunken driving for the past four years, and one in the past five, from 2007 to 2012.

The number has been trending downward in the last 10 years, from 2002 to 2012. From 2002 to 2007, there were seven deaths on the road during New Year's Eve related to drunk driving.

A DPS spokesperson says the statistics are showing that people "are doing the right thing by planning ahead for a safe ride home on New Year’s Eve."

As of Dec. 18, at least 1,300 drivers were arrested in Minnesota for DWI, the DPS said in a news release.

To remind motorists of extra patrols on New Year's Eve, the DPS has released a new Public Service Announcement, titled "Toasted."

See the PSA below.

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