Hennepin County Sheriff steps up DWI enforcement

PoliceLicensePlateThe Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging motorists to plan a sober ride home throughout December. To combat drunken driving, law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota are adding extra DWI patrols this holiday season.

The enforcement effort began Nov. 27 and will run through December.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety provided the following statistics. In Minnesota during the Thanksgiving travel period (Wednesday through Sunday), 2010-2012:

–Seven people were killed on the roads. Five were motorists, of which three were not buckled.

–The deaths of five of the seven people resulted from a drunken driving crash.

–1,522 motorists were arrested for driving while intoxicated.


104 people were killed in drunken driving crashes in 2012.

2,644 people suffered injuries in alcohol-related crashes in 2012.

28,418 people were arrested for DWI in 2012. The average blood alcohol concentration was 0.154.


A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.

Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested with a blood alcohol concentration levels of 0.16 or above, must use ignition interlocks to regain legal driving privileges or go without a driver’s license for at least one year.