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605 drunk driving arrests to-date during statewide campaign


Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Minnesota law enforcement officers have arrested 605 drunk drivers two weekends into a statewide DWI enforcement campaign, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety preliminary reports.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign runs through Labor Day. State officials are urging Minnesotans to plan ahead for a sober ride to avoid the dangers and harsh consequences of a DWI.

A similar DWI crackdown to close out summer in 2011 resulted in 1,787 DWI arrests.

“There is no excuse for drunk driving, but far too often people find an excuse and find themselves in serious trouble,” says Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol. “Close out the end to summer safely by having a safe and sober ride arranged in advance of celebrating.”

Minnesota Drunk Driving Facts

During the past five years, 2007–2011, 651 people were killed in Minnesota drunk driving crashes, accounting for one-third of the state’s 2,165 total road deaths: 2011 — 111; 2010 — 121; 2009 — 112; 2008 — 137; 2007 — 170. Officials say the 34 percent reduction in drunk driving deaths from five years ago points to motorist making smart plans for a sober ride and the effectiveness of enhanced enforcement and education campaigns.

In 2011, 29,257 motorists were arrested for DWI, the average alcohol-concentration of an offender was 0.16. One in seven Minnesota drivers have a DWI on record.

Consequences of a DWI

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and 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. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

Each year in Minnesota, 40 percent of the alcohol-related traffic deaths involve repeat offenders.

Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving

•Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration. Let family/friends know you are available to offer a safe ride home.

•Buckle up and wear protective motorcycle gear — the .....
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2012 motorcyclist fatalities pass 25-death milestone

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The number of preliminary Minnesota motorcyclist fatalities hit 26 following a deadly July when seven riders were killed, tied with May for deadliest month of the year for riders. This year’s rider deaths are slightly up compared to th ..... 
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2012 MOTORCYCLIST FATALITIES PASS 25-DEATH MILESTONE

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The number of preliminary Minnesota motorcyclist fatalities hit 26 following a deadly July when seven riders were killed, tied with May for deadliest month of the year for riders. This year’s rider deaths are slightly up compared to th ..... 
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Safety Reminder from Minnesota Energy Resources

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Rochester, MN – Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone on August 11, or 8/11, to call 8-1-1 BEFORE attempting any projects that require digging. Calling the “8-1-1 Gopher State One Call” should be the homeowner and contractor’s first ste ..... 
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Add Immunizations to Your Back to School Checklist

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The following is an unpublished Op/Ed from Commissioners Brenda Cassellius and Ed Ehlinger, and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital representatives Kathie Taranto and Joe Neglia. This Op/Ed is being sent for use in your paper ..... 
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SDA Announces Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, August 8, 2012 - Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today announced the award of 70 grants to tribes, educational institutions and non-profit organizations across the country to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially ..... 
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MDA issues consumer advisory for recalled organic grape tomatoes

Wed, Aug 8th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to the recall of Menno Beachy brand Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes after routine testing by the Department found a sample of the product to be contaminated wit ..... 
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HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE DEATH DUE TO SUSPECTED AMEBIC INFECTION

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating the death of an elementary school aged child due to suspected primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a very rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba associated with warm freshwater. Confirmati ..... 
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Women’s Foundation of Minnesota joins Partnership for Women’s Prosperity

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has joined a notable list of women’s foundations from across the country and the Walmart Foundation to launch A Partnership for Women’s Prosperity — a platform to share best practices an ..... 
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