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FIRST WEEKEND OF DWI ENFORCEMENT: AT LEAST 232 ARRESTED


Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
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FIRST WEEKEND OF DWI ENFORCEMENT: AT LEAST 232 ARRESTED

ST. PAUL - At least 232 motorists were arrested for DWI, Aug. 19-21, the first weekend of a statewide crackdown running through Labor Day, according to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

The number of arrests was reported by 108 out of around 400 participating law enforcement agencies. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is being conducted nationwide.

DPS officials report added enforcement and education campaigns have factored in a continuing decline of alcohol-related tragedies. There were 131 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2010, the fewest on record and down 21 percent from five years ago. Still, in the last five years (2006-2010), 791 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes - reflecting impaired driving as a factor annually in one-third of the state's road fatalities.

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time. Since July 1, stronger DWI sanctions became effective for all repeat DWI offenders, as well as for motorists arrested for a first-time DWI with a 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level. Under the new sanctions, DWI offenders must use ignition interlock for at least a year or face at least one year without driving privileges.

More than 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI each year; one in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record.

DPS encourages Minnesotans to:

· Plan for a safe ride - designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration. Families should let each other know that they will be available to offer a safe ride home.

· Buckle up and wear protective motorcycle gear - the best defenses against an impaired driver.

· Report impaired driving - call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Witnesses must be prepared to provide location, license plate and observed dangerous behavior.

Enhanced DWI patrols are a component of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). 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 behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes - education, enforcement, engineering a .....
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Speed campaign catches many drivers driving at high speeds

Wed, Aug 10th, 2011
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STATEWIDE SPEED ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN CITES 21 MOTORISTS IN EXCESS OF 100 MILES PER HOUR

Added Speed Patrols Continue through September

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety today announced 2 ..... 
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MINNESOTA HITS 100 ROAD DEATHS FOR THE YEAR Nine Deaths in the Last Week Pushes State Over Milestone

Wed, May 25th, 2011
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ST. PAUL - More than 100 people have been killed in traffic crashes on Minnesota roads so far in 2011. The preliminary count of 102 is 23 percent below the pace of 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Of ..... 
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From byway to highway, wearing seatbelts is a law of the roadway!

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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LANESBORO - To prevent the traffic fatalities and serious injuries associated with unbelted nighttime, teen, and rural drivers, southeastern Minnesota community members and traffic professionals are rallying to support Click It or Ticket efforts. Be ..... 
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3 busted in meth lab operation, 1 unregistered sex offender

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
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In what appears to be somewhat of a failed sex offender registry tracking system from one state to another, the pursuit of Scott Sorenson resulted in the discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory in Amherst Township. This discovery led to the arrest ..... 
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DPS PROJECTS 2010 MINNESOTA TRAFFIC DEATHS TO MATCH 2009 - LOWEST SINCE 1944

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
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ST. PAUL - At least 410 people were killed on Minnesota roads in 2010, according to preliminary records from the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. DPS projects the final 2010 count to close around the ..... 
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INCREASED DWI PATROLS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE CAP MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN

Wed, Dec 29th, 2010
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ST. PAUL - As the ball drops on 2010, a statewide DWI enforcement campaign will drop the hammer on impaired drivers during New Year's Eve celebrations. Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials encourage motorists to celebrate saf ..... 
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675 ARRESTED FOR DWI MIDWAY THROUGH STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN

Wed, Dec 15th, 2010
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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 t ..... 
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Help reduce snow hazards

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
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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.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen ..... 
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