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In the forecast: a winter blast of extra DWI patrols


Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Fillmore County. — You don’t have to have yourself a merry little time in jail if you plan ahead for a sober ride. The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office along with Chatfield and Preston Police Departments will increase drunk driving enforcement during a statewide and nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI enforcement effort in December. The campaign is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

Drunk Driving Facts

In Minnesota from 2009–2011, 344 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. Each year in the state, around 30,000 people are arrested for DWI. DPS officials say enhanced DWI campaigns have helped to reduce drunk driving crashes by 40 percent from a decade ago.

Participating Agencies

The December DWI patrols include participation from many local law enforcement agencies:

“The holiday celebration season can be a potentially deadly one due to drunk driving,” says Sheriff Jensen “Make plans for a safe and sober ride, or face the consequences.”

The 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.

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 — the best defenses against a drunk driver.

•Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

Enhanced DWI enforcement and education campaigns are a component of the state’s Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving .....
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Minnesotans Build Their Legacy With 53 New Historical And Cultural Heritage Grants Grants awarded across the state for projects of enduring value

Tue, Nov 27th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL (Nov. 21, 2012) – From oral histories to preserving historic buildings, Minnesotans are hard at work celebrating their legacy now and building it for the future. The Minnesota Historical Society today announced it has awarded 53 Minnesota ..... 
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Commerce action stops a “bait and switch” timeshare scheme- Falsified Commerce license used to deceive consumers

Wed, Nov 14th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently took action against Renaissance Marketing of Property for running an alleged “bait and switch” timeshare scheme that targeted consumers across the country. The Commerce Department o ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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