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675 ARRESTED FOR DWI MIDWAY THROUGH STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN


Wed, Dec 15th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL -Midway through a December-long statewide increased DWI enforcement campaign, preliminary reports from 170 law enforcement agencies indicate 675 motorist DWI arrests. In all, around 400 agencies are conducting the increased patrols through New Year's Eve.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating the campaign that is supported by $350,000 in federal funds - translating to 7,000 extra hours of enforcement.

In Minnesota during the month of December, 2007-2009, alcohol-related crashes accounted for 34 traffic deaths. During this same period, 8,503 motorists were arrested for DWI.

Consequences for a DWI include loss of license for up to a year, up to $20,000 in legal costs and heightened insurance rates, and possible jail time.

Each year, alcohol-related crashes account for more than 140 traffic deaths and nearly 400 serious injuries. These crashes and fatalities have been declining in recent years, and DPS officials say enhanced DWI enforcement campaigns have been a major factor in Minnesota's continuing trend of lower alcohol-related traffic deaths.

The December DWI enforcement is a component of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). A primary vision of the TZD program is to sculpt a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which all motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behaviors. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes - education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. To-date, there have been 388 traffic deaths in Minnesota compared to 389 at this time in 2009.

Help reduce snow hazards

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The Fillmore County Highway Department and the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office are asking the public to help reduce the hazards created by snow being plowed across or onto public roads and right-of-ways.

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STATE NAMES 13 COUNTIES FACING INCREASED DWI PATROLS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety today named the state's 13 "most dangerous" counties for impaired driving that will be targeted with extra DWI patrols through September 2011. All 13 counties will di ..... 
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620 IN-CAR CAMERAS AWARDED TO 134 MINNESOTA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

Thu, Nov 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports





ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the 134 city and county law enforcement agencies that will receive in-car cameras as a result of $2.9 million in federal funds administered by the DPS Office ..... 
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MORE THAN 5,000 MOTORISTS TICKETED MIDWAY THROUGH STATEWIDE SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Wed, Oct 20th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - Midway through a statewide increased seat belt enforcement campaign, participating law enforcement agencies have preliminary reported citing 5,196 motorists for seat belt violations. The increased enforcement runs through Oct. 28. ..... 
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MINNESOTA BELT USE RATE CONTINUES TO HIT RECORD LEVELS

Thu, Oct 14th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - Daytime seat belt compliance in Minnesota is at an all-time high of 92 percent, according to a new survey announced today by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. The DPS annual seat belt observa ..... 
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BIG JUMP IN BOOSTER SEAT USE RESULTS IN 1,000 CHILDREN NOT INJURED IN CRASHES IN LAST YEAR

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - Since Minnesota's strengthened child passenger safety law became effective July 1, 2009, crash data reveal a significant increase in booster seats - seat lifts that help adult seat belts fit children properly. The Minnesota Department of P ..... 
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1,775 ARRESTED FOR DWI DURING END-OF-SUMMER CRACKDOWN

Mon, Sep 13th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - An 18-day statewide enhanced DWI enforcement effort, August 20-September 6, resulted in the arrest of 1,775 motorists. Preliminary DWI arrest totals were reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety by ..... 
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State hits 20 motorcyclist deaths for the year

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - Motorcyclist fatalities have reached the 20-death mark for the year, according to the preliminary crash reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). This figure is 35 percent lower than the 31 deaths at this time last yea ..... 
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