Law enforcement plans DWI effort in December
Law enforcement agencies statewide will deliver added drunken driving patrols this month, which has been the peak month for alcohol-related crashes during the last three years.
The enforcement effort begins today and runs nationwide.
Municipal and county sheriff law enforcement agencies will partner with the Minnesota State Patrol.
From 2008 to 2010, there were 1,097 alcohol-related crashes in December, including 24 fatalities. Despite the high number of crashes, December is among the lowest months for alcohol-related fatalities, according to the state's Department of Public Safety.
In Minnesota, 30,000 motorists are arrested each year for drunken driving and one in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record.
Motorists are encouraged to designate a sober driver when drinking and report impaired driving.
This year, there have been 313 traffic deaths compared to 369 at this time in 2010.