Leading up to the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety revealed an infographic on Facebook showcasing what it considers to be state’s top 25 dangerous drunk driving counties – all areas state authorities carried out extra enforcement in during the 2015 Super Bowl weekend.
According to an update from Minnesota Public Radio, instead of citations, the list was compiled based on statistics of drunk driving deaths and serious injuries during a 2011 to 2013 time period.
Taking the number one spot was Hennepin County, followed by the counties of Anoka, Ramsey, St. Louis, and Dakota respectively (To view the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s entire list, view the infographic via their Facebook page).
Super Bowl DUI Arrests Down Significantly
Meanwhile, statewide efforts aimed at reducing drunk driving appear to be working. According to a report from the Star Tribune, the department has indicated that only 65 people were arrested statewide during late Sunday/early Monday hours surrounding the Super Bowl. That’s compared to 182 arrests in the state during the same time last year.
Before the Super Bowl kicked off, the state urged people to be safe and find alternative ways to get home if they were planning to drink. To get the message across, the Department of Safety received a helping voice from former Vikings star Chuck Foreman. The former 5x Pro Bowl running back harkened back to the time he spent off the field while with the Vikings. “I knew if I made the wrong choice, I risked not only fumbling away my career, but possibly my life or someone else’s life,” Foreman stated, according to a Minnesota DPS press release.
Minnesota officials have said in the past that around 600 thousand Minnesotans have DUIs on their records – 1 in 7 drivers. However, DUI arrests have decreased significantly in recent years, a trend the Department of Public Safety surely hopes to keep up.