'Too many' people drove drunk over the 4th of July weekend


"Too many" people drove drunk over Fourth of July weekend, the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety said Wednesday.

The agency says 468 people were arrested for drunken driving over the long weekend – that's above the average of 421 DWI arrests the state sees over the July 4 holiday period.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said ahead of the weekend it would increase patrols to nab people who were driving drunk.

It was also a deadly weekend on Minnesota roads – six people were killed in five different incidents, the Office of Traffic Safety adds.

That's higher than average, too. The Department of Public Safety said there are, on average, four traffic-related fatalities in Minnesota over the Fourth of July holiday.

Crackdown on speeders coming

To help save lives, officials continue to remind people to drive sober, put away any distractions, buckle up and drive the speed limit.

In fact, the Department of Public Safety will boost enforcement to catch people driving over the speed limit, an email news release says. The campaign begins Friday and runs through July 22.

Last year, speed was a contributing factor in 78 traffic fatalities in Minnesota. There were a total of 411 deaths on state roads in 2015, the Department of Public Safety reported.

So far this year, 181 people have been killed on Minnesota roads, according to the agency's website.

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