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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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Nick Carpenter  651-201-7569
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 26, 2013
Drunk Drivers Make Their 'DWI Confessions' in New Online Video Series
Extra DWI Patrols Continue Through the End of the Year

​ST. PAUL, Minn. — Those who drink and drive should be prepared to endure the life-altering consequences of a DWI. That’s the message three Minnesotans are sharing in DWI Confessions—a new series of online videos being released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

The first video features the confession of a young man as he talks about the hours and days following his arrest, which included jail time, extensive fees and loss of driving privileges.

To view the video, visit http://youtu.be/z8Agn9r4t1o

The videos are being released at a time when law enforcement agencies from around the state are adding extra DWI patrols in an effort to prevent drunk driving tragedies during the holiday season. Extra DWI enforcement will continue through the end of the year.

Since the enforcement campaign began Nov. 27, at least 2,150 people have been arrested for DWI in Minnesota.

DWI Consequences
A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.

Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

Minnesota Drunk Driving Facts

  • 104 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012.
  • 2,644 people suffered injuries in alcohol-related crashes in 2012.
  • 28,418 people were arrested for DWI in 2012—the average alcohol-concentration was 0.154.

Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a sober ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
  • 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.

EDITORS NOTE: A broadcast quality file of the video may be downloaded at https://www.dropbox.com/s/0sj59qb9m90m7ng/22235_q100-9281_IDO-C%20vf_1.mp4.

About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

About the Office of Traffic Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) designs, implements and coordinates federally funded traffic safety enforcement and education programs to improve driver behaviors and reduce the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Minnesota roads. OTS also administers state funds for the motorcycle safety program and for the child seats for needy families program.

OTS is an anchoring partner of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) traffic safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.

Office of Traffic Safety Highlights

 

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