Stepped-up DWI enforcement in MN nets 225 on first night


The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that 225 drunken driving arrests were made on Friday night, the first night of "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," a major DWI crackdown that runs through Labor Day.

Didn't we just have one of these? Aren't they usually over holiday weekends? Well, KARE 11 reports the effort is designed to raise awareness that dangers posed by Minnesotans who drive drunk don't just happen over long holiday weekends.

The crackdown, notes the Pioneer Press, is part of a nationwide effort.

KARE reports the DPS says 28,418 people were arrested for DWI in 2012; the average alcohol-concentration was 0.15. Alcohol-related crashed killed 104 people last year, and injured another 2,644 people.

"In 2011, 29,257 motorists were arrested for DWI, and the average alcohol-concentration of an offender was 0.16 (the legal limit to drive is .08)," a DPS statement said. "One in seven Minnesota drivers have a DWI on record."

In May, this Star Tribune story reports, cops nailed 160 on a Friday night.

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