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DWI Court Program Helping to Reduce Repeat Impaired Driving Offenses

Driving while impaired is a choice that too many people are making again and again: 41 percent of drivers arrested for a DWI in 2015 in Minnesota had at least one previous drunk driving conviction.

Hennepin County DWI court graduate Janet Carlson speaks at a news conference.Eliminating repeat DWI offenses is one part of the effort to keep Minnesotans safe from the dangers of drunk driving. That’s where the DWI court program comes in. It brings together drug and alcohol treatment with the criminal justice system. An evaluation found the program has reduced recidivism up to 69 percent.

"It does save lives. I know it saved mine and I am very grateful,” said Janet Carlson, a three-time DWI offender and graduate of the Hennepin County DWI Court program.

Carlson joined officials as they announced extra DWI enforcement across Minnesota through Sept. 3. Watch the featured video below to hear from Carlson and others.

The deadliest 100 days on Minnesota roads will draw to a close on Labor Day weekend, which typically has more DWI arrests per hour than any other holiday period. Read a recent DPS blog post to learn what you can do to prevent driving while impaired.

Additional information about the DWI court program and the increased enforcement is available in this news release.

Extra Speed Enforcement Campaign

​More than 16,500 speeding tickets were issued during the extra speed enforcement campaign July 7 – 23.

Top speeds included:

  • 155 mph – Minnesota State Patrol (District 2900 - Detroit Lakes)
  • 121 mph - Rice County Sheriff's Office
  • 120 mph - McLeod County Sheriff's Office
  • 115 mph - Minnesota State Patrol (District 3100 - Virginia)
  • 110 mph – Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office

Speed contributes to an average of 83 deaths each year.Speeding can cost you money, time and can lead to tragic consequences. Slow down and help keep everyone safe on the road.

Featured Video

Video Description: Three-time DWI offender Janet Carlson shared how the DWI court program changed her life and helped her from repeating her mistakes a fourth time. She spoke during a news conference to announce extra drunk driving enforcement.