DWI Numbers Show Enforcement Still Needed
The numbers from the latest DWI extra enforcement campaign are in and authorities across the state were able to get over a thousand impaired drivers off our roadways.
From August 17 through September 2, officers, deputies and troopers arrested 1,396 people for DWI, one fewer than last year.
While it's a positive note, stopping impaired drivers from hurting themselves or others, the numbers show that education on the dangers of drinking and driving is still needed.
"Our goal is to not actually have to arrest anybody during this campaign so if we can be out a whole shift and not find anybody to arrest that's kind of what we want to see and that's what we're shooting for. But obviously that's not happening and we need to make sure that our numbers are lower, significantly lower than they are right now," Sergeant Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Some notable numbers from Mankato, a Mankato Police Officer stopped two vehicles racing each other at 60 mph in a 30 zone. Both drivers were arrested for DWI. Also, State Patrol Mankato was one of five agencies in greater Minnesota with the most arrests at twenty.
"That's twenty extra people that were taken off the roadway that probably wouldn't have been caught just because of the extra funding and the overtime that's allowed to remove these drivers from the roadways," Sgt. Christianson said.
While the extra patrols are off the road for now, there are signs everywhere reminding motorists to make the right choice, be responsible and plan a safe ride.
--KEYC News 12.