Police make 185 DWI arrests on 'Blackout Wednesday'


Almost 200 people were arrested in Minnesota on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on so-called "Blackout Wednesday."

The day before Thanksgiving is considered the most dangerous on the roads as it is one of the biggest drinking days of the year.

And Minnesota traffic cops were out in force Wednesday, arresting around 185 suspected drunk-drivers, according to KSTP.

A that more than 1,600 DWI arrests have been made on Thanksgiving weekend on the last three years, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

And last year, there were 564 crashes involving 1,436 cars between November 27 and December 1, the Star Tribune reports, with driving while on drugs or alcohol one of the main causes along with speeding, distracted driving, and failing to yield to other motorists.

One in every seven Minnesotan has a DWI on their record, according to MPR, and there were 81 DWI-related deaths on state roads last year.

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