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END-OF-SUMMER DWI CRACKDOWN MEANS END OF THE ROAD FOR IMPAIRED DRIVERS


Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota law enforcement agencies statewide will be cracking down on impaired drivers as part of a nationwide Drunk Driving - Over the Limit. Under Arrest. enforcement campaign, August 21-Sept. 7. Around 400 Minnesota agencies will participate in the effort coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), aimed toward taking impaired drivers off the road and encouraging motorists to make safe decisions.

In Minnesota, around 100 people are arrested for DWI daily. In 2008, 35,736 motorists were arrested for DWI. A first-time DWI offense will trigger an automatic driver's license revocation for a minimum of 90 days. The cost of a DWI can reach $20,000 when factoring in legal, court and administrative fees.

DPS reports enhanced DWI enforcement campaigns factored in the state tallying a record-low number of alcohol-related deaths (163) in 2008. Despite the drop in deaths, DPS reports alcohol-related crashes still accounted for more than one-third of all deaths - typical for each year. In the last three years, 2006-2008, 519 motorists were killed and another 1,159 motorists were seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes statewide.

The DWI enforcement effort will also focus on motorcyclists - rider deaths continue to surge in 2009, out-pacing last year's 24-year high in fatalities. DPS cites drinking and riding as a major factor in rider deaths - in 2008, 47 percent of the riders killed in crashes tested positive for alcohol.

"DWI enforcement efforts are crucial to limiting these preventable traffic deaths," says Cheri Marti, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "But law enforcement is just one component in the fight against impaired driving - every motorist must do their part to keep Minnesota roads safe by always planning for a sober ride and always wearing their seat belt."

Minnesota law enforcement agencies will combine the enhanced DWI patrols with seat belt enforcement. Minnesota's new primary seat belt law requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions - including the back seat - to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint.

Law enforcement can stop motorists solely for seat belt violations, including unbelted passengers. During 2006-2008, 79 percent of impaired drivers killed were not wearing a seat belt.

While young adult males continue to be the primary DWI violators, DPS says female impaired drivers are an emerging issue. Since 1999, female DWI offe .....
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Minnesota State Fair Foundation at the Fair

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota State Fair Foundation will host a Minnesota County Fair photography exhibit in the J.V. Bailey House, south of the Space Tower on the fairgrounds. The photography will be displayed the twelve days of the fair. The exhibit ..... 
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MN2020 Executive Director John Van Hecke's Statement on Final Round of State Budget Cuts

Sat, Aug 15th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN - Responding to the final round of state budget cuts, Minnesota 2020 Executive Director John Van Hecke issued the following statement:



"With Minnesota's unemployment rate above eight percent, our state government should ..... 
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Variety of Values at 2009 State Fair

Wed, Aug 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - Visitors to the 2009 Great Minnesota Get-Together will enjoy a variety of values and bargains during the fair, Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Pre-fair discount admission tickets are $9 and are valid any day of the fair. Als ..... 
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MN 2020 Education Policy Fellow John Fitzgerald's Statement on AYP Results

Tue, Aug 11th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN - After the Minnesota Department of Education said that nearly half the schools in the state failed to make adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law, Minnesota 2020 Education Policy Fellow John Fitzgerald rel ..... 
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GET SCHOOLED IN FIRE SAFETY TO LIVE OFF-CAMPUS

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Thousands of students will soon be reporting to Minnesota college campuses; more than 100,000 attend public institutions, alone. Many will live in off-campus housing, and some will be living away from home for the first time. The Minnesota ..... 
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Walz-Pelosi Agenda Continues To Fall Flat With High Unemployment

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Washington- For another consecutive month, families in Minnesota and across the country are feeling the devastating consequences of Tim Walz's big-spending agenda. With the national unemployment rate remaining well above nine percent in July and an a ..... 
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Variety of Programs Offered for Seniors at 2009 State Fair

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - Many programs and opportunities for senior citizens will be featured at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair including two special days, daily discounts on admission and free entertainment.



Pre-fair discount admission tickets ..... 
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JULY IS HIGHEST MONTH IN 2009 FOR NIGHTCAP DWI ARRESTS

Thu, Aug 6th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - July Operation NightCAP (nighttime concentrated alcohol patrol) DWI enforcement campaigns resulted in 196 DWI arrests - the highest monthly total for DWI arrests in 2009. In July, participating NightCAP officers stopped 3,961 vehicles and ..... 
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