The Minnesota State Patrol will have extra driving while impaired (DWI) patrols at several local events including Moondance Country Fest scheduled Friday and Saturday near Walker, and Paul Bunyan Days Friday through Sunday in Akeley. Additional troopers will be on the roads during these times to combat impaired driving during the busy weekend.
“We want everyone to enjoy these events, but we also want spectators to be responsible and safe,” State Patrol Lt. Joe Dwyer of the Brainerd District said in an email release. “By planning ahead for a safe and sober ride home, you can enjoy the day without endangering yourself or others.”
Dwyer said that anyone who sees an impaired driver should call 911.
The enforcement efforts are part of the Towards Zero Deaths (TZD) initiative. TZD aims to create a culture for which traffic fatalities and serious injuries are no longer acceptable through the integrated application of education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency medical and trauma services. The TZD partnership is led by the Minnesota departments of Public Safety, Transportation, and Health, in cooperation with the Minnesota State Patrol, the Federal Highway Administration, Minnesota county engineers, and the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.