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DWI patrols up for holiday

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota law enforcement agencies promise to find turkeys behind the wheel this Thanksgiving weekend.

On Thanksgiving eve, officers began looking for drunken drivers by adding extra patrols.

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“Thanksgiving begins a busy travel season and we need everyone’s help to ensure our roads remain as safe as possible,” Lt. Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol said. “Safe roads begin with safe decisions, especially planning ahead for a sober ride.

According to the state Department of Public Safety, the Thanksgiving weekend is among the deadliest holidays of the year. In Minnesota, from 2010 to 2012, there were seven people killed on Minnesota roads and five of the seven were the result of a drunk driving crash. Also in that time, a total of 1,522 motorists were arrested for DWI.

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