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DWI Law Enhanced

​In an effort to save lives and deter drunk driving, a new law is in effect in Minnesota.

“Drake’s Law,” named after a five month old boy who was killed by a drunk driver, increases the maximum penalty for repeat drunk drivers who kill someone on the road while intoxicated from 10 years to 15 years.

Drunk driving continues to be a serious threat on Minnesota roads.

Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a cab/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.
  • 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.

100 Deadliest Days on Minnesota Roads

​Treacherous driving conditions often give motorists the perception that winter is the most dangerous time of the year on Minnesota roads, when in fact, summer months are the deadliest.

During the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota (Memorial Day – Labor Day), an average of 129 people will lose their lives on Minnesota roads.

Last year was the deadliest 100 day stretch in the last five years on Minnesota roads accounting for 137 of the 411 deaths.

Speak Up and Save Lives

  • If you are with a driver who is distracted, speak up, tell them to put the phone down.
  • Refuse to drive until every passenger is buckled up.
  • Slow down —trying to save a few minutes off your drive isn’t worth causing a crash.
  • Plan ahead before you go out by designating a sober driver, and if you see a person who has had too much to drink, speak up and offer them a safe ride home.

Together we can all make a difference and save lives on Minnesota roads.


2015 Crash Facts

​Traffic fatalities reached 411 last year in Minnesota, the highest mark since 2010.

Of those deaths, distracted driving was a contributing factor in 74 fatalities, a 21 percent increase from 2014.

Contributing factors include: 

  • Speed – 78 deaths, resulting in a 17 percent decrease.
  • Lack of seat belt – 91 deaths, resulting in a 14 percent decrease.
  • Distracted driving – 74 deaths, resulting in a 21 percent increase.
  • Drunk driving-related – 95 deaths, resulting an 8 percent increase.

The data is included in the new Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2015 report that is published DPS-OTS each year. “Crash Facts” is a summary of traffic crashes derived from law enforcement reports. It describes how, why and where crashes occurred and who was involved. The information guides future traffic safety initiatives that will lead to safer roads and changed driver behavior.

DWI Enforcer All-Stars

An average day in 2015 consisted of 69 DWI arrests in Minnesota, a crime that is completely preventable.Entire group-DWI All-Stars.jpg
This year’s DWI all-stars were recognized during the Twins pre-game activities on July 27, for their tireless efforts against drunk driving.

The 40 law enforcement officers, troopers, deputies and prosecutors made a combined 2,165 DWI arrests in 2015, preventing innocent lives from being potentially changed forever.

Commit to a sober ride and speak up if you see an impaired person about to get behind the wheel by finding them a safe ride home.


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Video Description: Drunk driving not only takes lives, it changes them forever. Drunk driving is preventable, and law enforcement statewide will be focusing on keeping Minnesotans safe as they celebrate the final weeks of summer.