Holiday DWI Arrests Decline Statewide

Holiday DWI Arrests Decline Statewide Click to Enlarge

UNDATED--The statewide total arrests for DWI between Thanksgiving and New Year's was 15% below the previous year's tally and the lowest since the late-year enforcement effort began in 2014 according to data released this week by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).

The total arrests for DWI from the Thanksgiving holiday travel period through the New Year's travel period were 2,353 in Minnesota.

Among the late 2019 arrests were two involving motorists who allegedly topped the blood alcohol content list at 0.40%, which is five times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota:

The annual Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s enhanced enforcement and education efforts are coordinated through the DPS’ Office of Traffic Safety with overtime paid for with federal money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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