The Minnesota State Patrol is using dramatic dash-cam video to remind people of the dangers of drunken driving.
The video, released Wednesday, shows a Walmart semitrailer swerving and weaving down the highway. At one point, the truck goes halfway off the road, smashing through a road sign, before swerving back onto the highway and pulling over on the shoulder.
As the man was getting out of the cab of the truck, he falls to the ground.
Here's the video:
The incident happened on Highway 10 near Little Falls earlier this year, the Pioneer Press notes.
In the video, you can hear the man admitting to the trooper that he'd been drinking and probably shouldn't have been behind the wheel. The State Patrol found two bottles of vodka inside the cab of his truck.
The 45-year-old driver had a blood-alcohol content of .28 – about three times the legal limit of .08 – and was convicted of third-degree DWI, the State Patrol says.
A spokesperson for Walmart told GoMN the man works for a third-party transportation company and he has since been fired.
Officials are reminding drivers that if they see someone driving dangerously or drunk to give the vehicle some space and call 911. And if you're planning to celebrate the holidays, remember to line up a sober ride first or leave your car behind and call an Uber or taxi.
There will be extra DWI enforcement on state roads this weekend, so celebrate responsibly. If you're planning to drink, line up a sober ride home or leave your car behind and request an Uber or call a taxi.
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In 2015, the Department of Public Safety says 411 people died in crashes on Minnesota roads. Of those, there were 95 fatalities in cases where the driver was over the legal alcohol limit.
Another 2,203 people had serious injuries from an alcohol-related crash.
Not only does driving drunk put yourself and others at risk, but there are also serious consequences. If you drive drunk, you could lose your license for up to a year, have to pay thousands of dollars in fees and costs, and you could even face some time in jail.
For more information on the consequences of driving drunk – which can include having to use a breathalyzer to start your vehicle – click here.
If you're worried about a friend or family member who drinks and drives, check out these tips from Intervention Support on how to talk to them. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation also has information on how to talk to people about their addictions.