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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 dish up extra servings of DWI enforcement on Thanksgiving Eve, November 24.

The Thanksgiving travel period (Wed.-Sun.) is historically one of the deadliest travel periods of the year - 16 deaths in the last three years and six were alcohol-related, and 2,067 were arrested for DWI.

Increased DWI patrols will focus on these 13 counties that had the highest combined total of alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries during 2007-2009: Anoka (22 alcohol-related deaths/51 alcohol-related serious injuries); Carver (13/12); Dakota (20/33); Hennepin (61/144); Itasca (11/15); Olmsted (15/30); Ramsey (19/54); Rice (3/29); St. Louis (26/55); Scott (12/24); Stearns (11/20); Washington (13/23); and Wright (28/16).

These counties accounted for more than half of the state's alcohol-related deaths (254) and half of the state's serious injuries (506) during 2007-2009. The Minnesota State Patrol will partner with county and local law enforcement agencies to conduct increased patrols through September 30, 2011. The enforcement is backed by $2.75 million in federal funds.

Each year in Minnesota, alcohol-related crashes account for more than 140 deaths - one-third of the state's annual total - and 300 serious injuries, costing the state around $250 million.

DPS directs extra enforcement toward the counties with the highest combined number of alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries to have the biggest impact on impaired driving behavior.

"Extra enforcement campaigns have helped the state hit record low alcohol-related death numbers," says Cheri Marti DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. "While impaired driving remains a statewide threat, we can best address the brunt of the issue by focusing resources on sustained campaigns in areas that have had the highest numbers of life-ending and life-changing crashes."

In the last five years, 2006-2010, more than 1,320 DWI enforcement efforts in the state's 13 targeted counties resulted in 172,517 traffic stops, generating 11,394 DWI arrests - one arrest for every 15 stops - and 74,347 traffic citations. In all, more than one-half million Minnesotans have a DWI on record, translating to one in seven Minnesota drivers.

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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
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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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JULY SPEED ENFORCEMENT PULLS OVER 27,638 SPEEDERS

Wed, Aug 11th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - A statewide, July-long extra enforcement of illegal and unsafe speed resulted in 27,638 motorists ticketed. The campaign was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. Each year, illega ..... 
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NEW TEXTING AND DRIVING PUBLIC SERVICE CAMPAIGN SHOWCASES "DEADLY THUMBS" AND THE TEXTING "TECHNIQUES"

Wed, Aug 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is launching a print and radio public service announcement campaign to educate motorists about the state's two-year-old texting-while-driving law. The campaign suppor ..... 
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