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Drivers Arrested for Repeat DWIs Reflect Struggles to Change Behaviors and Plan a Sober Ride

From drivers arrested again just days or even hours after a DWI to impaired drivers arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs, law enforcement made our roads safer during the holiday season.
Results from Extra Enforcement Campaign

  • During the holiday DWI campaign that included extra enforcement from Nov. 21 – Dec. 29, officers, deputies and troopers arrested 2,757 drivers for driving impaired. That’s compared to 2,656 DWI arrests during the same period in 2017.
  • There were also 1,901 seat belt citations, compared with 1,958 in 2017.
  • Highest Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) reported: University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) Police Department (.424)
  • More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota participated in the campaign conducted by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS).

​A New Year, a Renewed Commitment to Saving Lives on Minnesota Roads

There’s no need for a New Year’s resolution when it comes to deciding to drive safer in 2019 and beyond.

  • Preliminary reports show there were 380 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2018, compared with 358 in 2017.
  • At least 27 are known to be distraction-related, compared with 25 in 2017.
  • 100 were speed-related, compared with 88 in 2017.
  • 121 were alcohol-related, compared with 113 in 2017.
  • 90 were not wearing their seat belts, compared with 78 in 2017.
  • 58 were motorcyclists, compared with 53 in 2017. Of the 58 motorcyclists who died, 42 (72 percent) were not wearing a helmet.
  • 7 were bicyclists, compared with 6 in 2017.
  • 42 were pedestrians, compared with 42 in 2017.
  • 266 were males (70 percent) and 114 were females (30 percent).

143 People Starting New Year with Legal Problems

  • Officers, deputies and troopers made 111 DWI arrests statewide from 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve through 6 a.m. New Year’s Day.
  • There were an additional 32 DWI arrests New Year’s Day (6 a.m. to midnight).

Featured Video

Video Description: Janet Carlson considered herself a social drinker. Three DWIs later, she's pleading with people to plan ahead for a sober ride. Her story is a reminder of how making a wrong choice can happen to anyone.