DWI Officer - 2nd opportunity: Due Nov. 27
The Office of Traffic Safety is seeking proposals from Minnesota Law Enforcement agencies that currently have a 2021 enforcement grant, a compliment of 20 or more sworn officers and are in one of the following counties: Anoka, Becker, Cass, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, St. Louis, Stearns, Washington, and Wright. This award will support one full-time sworn officer to work DWI enforcement exclusively (equipment not included in the 2021 grant). Applications must be submitted via DPS's E-grants system by 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Questions? Contact Duane Siedschlag by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Answers to questions that are not specific to a proposal will be posted to the OTS Website within approximately three business days.
Covid-19 Traffic Safety Materials
There are fewer vehicles on the road as Minnesotans follow the stay-at-home order. Even with less traffic, it's still important for people to make wise choices on the road. Preventing critical injuries from a crash can help save valuable healthcare resources for the battle against COVID-19. Here are materials you can include in your messaging to remind Minnesotans to do their part and drive smart to avoid a crash.
Enforcement Campaigns Postponed
Due to COVID-19, the April distracted driving extra enforcement and ad campaign have been postponed until further notice. Please check back to this site for further updates. If you have any questions about media messaging, please reach out to Scott Wasserman or Dave Boxum. If you have any enforcement related questions, please reach out to Shannon Grabow.
Due to COVID-19, the May Click It or Ticket enforcement and ad campaign have been postponed until further notice. Please check back to this site for further updates. If you have any questions about media messaging, please reach out to Scott Wasserman or Dave Boxum. If you have any enforcement related questions, please reach out to Shannon Grabow.
Video: Drugged Driving in Minnesota
As a law enforcement officer, protecting Minnesotans from the dangers of impaired driving requires understanding the intricacies of criminal penalties and civil sanctions under the DWI law. Controlled substance DWI cases can be even more complex, however, if the driver is impaired, they should be arrested for DWI. In this video
, we will discuss Minnesota’s DWI law as it relates to controlled substances; the history and development of the Drug Recognition Evaluator program; the use of Drug Recognition Evaluators in DWI cases and the seven major drug categories.
Drug Impaired DWI Law
Prosecution of drug impaired driving involves some unique legal issues. This webinar reviews the relevant statutes and case law related to drug impaired driving and the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) program. In addition, it explores the considerations that go into making good charging decisions and provides trial tips.
Pedestrian Safety and Enforcement-Specific Media Materials
Strengthened DWI Sanctions and Ignition Interlock Law Information
Repeat DWI offenders, and first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock or face at least one year without a license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use ignition interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges. Find interlock resources for law enforcement
, including a roll-call video
Reducing Teen Crashes, Injuries and Deaths
Traffic crashes are the second leading killer of teens in Minnesota, and the greatest risk is during their first year of licensure. Enforcing Minnesota’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) laws can help save teen lives and prevent crashes that devastate families statewide. The 12-minute webinar — “Reducing Teen Crashes, Injuries and Deaths” — covers teen driving risks, GDL laws for teen drivers, the important role law enforcement plays in reducing teen crashes and helpful resources.
Webinar Video Series: Understanding, Recognizing and Handling Drug Impairment in Traffic Safety
Driving under the impairment of legal and illegal drugs ruins lives and presents a challenge for law enforcement. The landscape of drugs is ever-changing. It’s critical for officers to understand the categories of drugs, recognize impairment and properly manage an arrest situation. In this webinar video series, Lt. Don Marose, Minnesota State Patrol, covers the following topics to help law enforcement ensure the safety of all Minnesotans on the road.
Video: Central Nervous System Depressants
Video: Physiology of Drugs
Video: Narcotic Analgesics
Video: DWI Warrants