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DWI Crackdown Runs Through Labor Day

DWI Crackdown Runs Through Labor Day Click to Enlarge Photo: Minnesota State Patrol

Aug 21, 2017 at 4:08 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Extra police are on the roads through Labor Day looking to prevent drunk drivers from hurting themselves and others.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says Labor Day is the most dangerous holiday for drunk drivers.

In a five-year period (2011-2015), four people were killed in drunk driving-related crashes over the Labor Day weekend.

Preliminary numbers show there were 73 drunk driving-related fatalities last year compared with 95 in 2015, a 22 percent decrease.

From 2011 to 2016 there have been 17 DWI related fatal crashes in Stearns, Benton, and Sherburne County. Seven deaths in Stearns County, five in Benton and five in Sherburne County.

The state is looking to crack down on repeat DWI offenders during this time.

Over the same period 7,092 DWI arrests were made in Stearns, Benton, and Sherburne County.

4,322 were in Stearns, 733 in Benton, and 2,033 arrests in Sherburne County.

Safety officials say 41 percent of drivers arrested for a DWI in 2015 had at least one previous drunk driving conviction.

There are nearly 266,000 drivers in Minnesota with more than one DWI on their record.

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for one to six years, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.

Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

A breakdown of holiday DWI Arrests per hour (2012 - 2016):

Labor Day - 4.6
July 4 - 4.3
St. Patrick’s Day - 4.2
Memorial Day - 4.2
Thanksgiving - 4.1
New Year’s Eve - 3.9
Super Bowl - 3.4
Christmas - 2.8

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