Skip to main content

Officials: 225 DWIs on July 4th

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

July 4 is the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota roads, and there were stepped-up law enforcement patrols around the state Thursday, but those factors didn't stop drunken drivers from taking their chances.

Officers pulled over more than a few of the suspected offenders, the Department of Public Safety tweeted:

That's high compared to an average day. In 2011, there were an average of about 81 per day, the state reported. For further comparison: An intense, one-day statewide DWI crackdown on a Friday in May netted 160 DWI arrests.

It has not yet been determined to what extent drinking contributed to July 4 crashes this year around the state. In the last five years, there have been 29 deaths during the several days that make up the official July 4 holiday travel period – 19 of which were drunk-driving related, state safety officials have said.

The state is above last year’s pace for road deaths. Midway through the year, there have been 154 traffic deaths, an increase from 145 at this time in 2012, state officials say.

Next Up

Akoya Lee

Byron native Akoya Lee sets NCAA record for points in a game

The Kansas State forward broke a record shared by former Gopher Rachel Banham.

Williams Uptown Pub

Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar closes indefinitely after shooting

Reports say police have arrested two suspects in the incident.

Alex Rodríguez

A-Rod wears a Packers hat, Minnesotans lose their minds

The Timberwolves co-owner didn't endear himself to his fan base on Saturday night.

Flickr - Minneapolis police squad - Chad Davis

Police: Man shoots into crowd at funeral reception in Minneapolis

The shooting happened at a reception following a funeral on Saturday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-01-23 at 8.37.27 AM

Watch: Jimmy Garoppolo says 'F*** the Packers' after playoff win

The 49ers quarterback congratulated Robbie Gould in spectacular fashion.

Aaron Rodgers

America dunks on Aaron Rodgers after loss to 49ers

The Packers quarterback was destroyed on social media on Saturday night.

Marcus Foligno

Foligno's OT winner gives Wild fans a happy Hockey Day

A slow start gave way to the Wild's fifth win in the past six games.

snow

Winter weather advisory issued as Saturday snow arrives

Not huge totals expected, but any snow will likely impact travel.

Wilf

Report: Ryan Poles is Vikings' 'top choice' for general manager

Poles was one of two finalists revealed on Friday.

Related