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Added DWI patrols in December

Posted: December 4, 2012 - 11:29am

Added DWI patrols in December

The Minnesota State Patrol will be participating in the annual December drunk driving enforcement wave along with officers and deputies from approximately 400 other Minnesota law enforcement agencies in an effort to identify and arrest impaired drivers and encourage motorists to make safe decisions.

Sgt. Curt S. Mowers said, “We all need to work together to make a strong traffic safety culture in Minnesota. One way to do that is to make impaired driving socially unacceptable.” Holiday parties and special local events in regions around the state will be targeted. Specific dates and times for the project will be ongoing the whole month of December.

In 2011, Minnesota recorded 136 alcohol-related traffic deaths — accounting for 37 percent of all traffic deaths — matching historical trends. Alcohol-related crashes, injuries and fatalities continue to be a serious problem in Minnesota. Overall, males and young adults are overrepresented in alcohol-related crashes and account for a disproportionate share of fatalities. Aside from the injuries and deaths, penalties for drunk driving can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars-worth of fines, loss of driver license, loss of license plates and even your vehicle.

State Patrol Lt. Jason Hanson said, “We strongly encourage drivers to plan ahead not to drink and drive instead of causing needless tragedies or facing arrest. We also want everyone to support this project by reporting impaired drivers.”

The state patrol is asking everyone to plan ahead not to drink and drive, and to report those drivers who are believed to be driving impaired.

DWI enforcement and education is 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 and emergency trauma response.