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2,656 Holiday DWI Arrests

​A drunk driver traveling with kids, another going 100 mph, and one drunk driver trying to pull another drunk driver out of a snowbank. These were just some of the poor choices made by drivers who decided to get behind the wheel after drinking during the holidays.

During the holiday DWI campaign that included extra enforcement from Nov. 22 – Dec. 31, officers, deputies and troopers arrested 2,656 drivers for driving impaired compared with 2,407 DWI arrests during the same period in 2016. More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota.

Commit to a sober ride

  • Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab or public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Speak up – offer to be a designated driver or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere. If you see an impaired person about to get behind the wheel, get them a safe ride home.
  • Buckle up — the best defense against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

What's Your Sober Game Plan

​Super Bowl weekend is typically a challenging time on our roads with some people choosing to get behind the wheel after drinking. During a five year period (2011-2015), an average of 180 people were arrested for DWI during Super Bowl weekend. SOBER GAME PLAN.jpg

With the Big Game in Minneapolis this year, an estimated 1 million people will come to the Twin Cities for the event and the days prior to the game.

To remind motorists to line up a sober ride, the Department of Public Safety teamed up with volunteer actors to spread awareness about the dangers of driving impaired and the importance of planning ahead. The commercial is currently running across the state through the Super Bowl both on television and online.

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Video Description: The Department of Public Safety teamed up with volunteer actors to spread awareness about the dangers of driving impaired.