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Minn. goes for no DWI deaths on New Year's Eve

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Public safety officials are aiming for the fifth consecutive year with no drunken-driving deaths in Minnesota on New Year's Eve.

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In the past 10 years there have been eight drunken-driving deaths in Minnesota during the New Year's holiday, but none in the past four years.

Although drunken-driving incidents are down in recent years, officials say New Year's Eve still can be a dangerous night on Minnesota roads.

Officials are urging party-goers to plan a safe ride home on New Year's Eve and throughout the New Year.

Many law enforcement agencies statewide will be stepping up DWI patrols on New Year's Eve.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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