This past New Years Eve, over 300 people were arrested for DWI’s in Minnesota alone. In the previous four years, there were zero drunk driving related deaths on New Years Eve through New Years day. However, in the late afternoon of this past New Years Eve, there was a reported fatality in Deerwood, MN but it is unknown if alcohol played a factor. This years 300 drunk driving arrests is average for Minnesota- over the past five years, the state averaged 295 DWI arrests for the holiday.
Between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve in 2013, Minnesota law enforcement agencies arrested more than 2,000 drivers for DWI’s. According to the DWI arrest information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety, there were 2,453 impaired drivers arrested as part of their DWI enforcement campaign. “The number of arrests made last month (over this past years holidays) shows that too many of our drivers still make poor choices about drinking and driving,” Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director, said in a recent statement.
When talking in general about drunk driving in Minnesota, 651 people were killed in alcohol related crashed over the past five years- 111 in 2011 alone. Each year, over 30,000 people are arrested for DWI.
The consequences for driving while intoxicated are severe so it is important to be safe and find a sober ride to wherever you need to be. In Minnesota, a DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and even 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.