Extra Enforcement Campaign Results
- During the end-of-summer DWI campaign that began Aug.14 and ran through Sept. 7, officers, deputies and troopers arrested 1,649 drivers for driving impaired compared with 1,479 DWI arrests during the same period in 2019.
- 312 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota participated in the campaign conducted by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS).
- There were 294 move over citations issued on Aug. 31.
- This year marked the 20th anniversary of Corporal Ted Foss’ death that led to the Move Over Law.
Extra Enforcement History
- 324 agencies reported 1,479 DWI arrests
- 314 move over citations (Aug. 31
- 320 agencies reported 1,369 DWI arrests
- 314 move over citations (Aug. 31)
- 310 agencies reported 1,370 DWI arrests
- 367 move over citations (Aug. 31)
- 319 agencies reported 1,351 DWI arrests
- 486 move over citations (Aug. 31)
- 325 agencies reported 1,513 DWI arrests
- 414 move over citations (Aug. 31)
Drunk Driving Arrests
- The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman allegedly heavily impaired on prescription medications. She had driven from Drayton, ND to Bagley, MN and was attempting to go to Bemidji.
- Cottage Grove police arrested a driver at .14 BAC who had a 1- and 13-year-old in the vehicle.
- In Douglas County, deputies arrested a father and son in separate DWI cases in one night. The arrest resulted in the seizure of both vehicles.
- A Douglas County off-duty deputy was nearly hit head-on by a drunk driver who was arrested for DWI.
- In Eden Prairie, a woman who just showed up for work around 5 a.m. was arrested for a .26 DWI.
- Le Sueur police arrested a driver traveling the wrong way on Hwy.169 for DWI.
- Maple Grove police arrested a woman two times in the same day for DWI. The first time was around 10 a.m. and the second time was around 5 p.m. Police released the woman to a sober party after normal booking procedures following the first arrest. The second time, she was arrested following a complaint at a local liquor store.
- A trooper stopped a driver after the vehicle passed the squad going 91 mph. The driver blew a .21 BAC and was arrested for DWI.
- New Brighton police arrested a driver for going more than a 100 mph and blowing a .15 BAC.
- Thief River Falls police arrested a woman for a DWI who blew a .15 BAC at 3 p.m.
***Note: For more information about a specific arrest, please contact the arresting agency.
- Oakdale Police Department (.38)
- Kasson Police Department (.36)
- North Branch Police Department (.35)
- Shakopee Police Department (.35)
- Wright County Sheriff’s Office (.34)
DWI Arrests by Agency
In the Twin Cities metro area, agencies with the most DWI arrests during the campaign included:
- Eden Prairie Police Department: 38
- Washington County Sheriff’s Office: 34
- Blaine Police Department: 26
- Carver County Sheriff’s Office: 21
- Minneapolis Police Department: 20
- White Bear Lake Police Department: 17
In Greater Minnesota, agencies with the most arrests included:
- Minnesota State Patrol – District 2100 (Rochester): 33
- Minnesota State Patrol – District 2800 (Brainerd): 28
- Minnesota State Patrol – District 2700 (Duluth): 26
- Bemidji Police Department: 25
- Minnesota State Patrol – District 3100 (Virginia): 25
The list of participating agencies and BAC can be found online.
The enhanced enforcement and education efforts are coordinated through DPS-OTS with overtime paid with federal funds received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
DWI History and Statistics
- Law enforcement across the state arrested 16,467 drivers for DWI in 2020 compared with 19,841 this time last year (as of 6 a.m. Sept. 14).
- Summer DWI results include:
- June: 1,725 DWI arrests compared with 2,543 in 2019.
- July: 2,117 DWI arrests compared with 2,543 in 2019.
- August: 2,401 DWI arrests compared with 2,659 in 2019.
- September: 1,037 DWI arrests compared with 1,153 (as of 6 a.m. Sept. 14).
- Nearly one out of every four deaths on Minnesota roads is drunk driving-related.
- In the last five years (2015-2019), preliminary numbers show there were 413 drunk driving-related traffic deaths in Minnesota.
- The number of DWI arrests dropped from nearly 30,084 in 2010 to around 27,378 in 2019, a 9 percent decrease.
- Fewer motorists are losing their lives due to alcohol. In 2019, numbers show 89 people died from drunk driving-related crashes, compared with 112 people in 2010, a 26 percent decline.
- In the 1960’s, more than half of all traffic deaths were related to drinking and driving. In 2019, drunk driving-related deaths were 24 percent of all traffic fatalities in Minnesota.
- DPS Video: DWI Confession: Janet’s Plea to Plan a Sober Ride
- DPS Video: Life without Lindsay: Sober Driving Matters
- DPS Video: Locked Up: A DWI Booking
- Loss of license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.
- Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at .16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver’s license.
- Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.
- Insurance rates could increase significantly.
Drive Smart: Prevent Drunk Driving
- Plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a safe, alternative transportation option, or stay at the location of the celebration.
- Drive Smart – Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
- Buckle up – the best defense against a drunk driver.
- Report drunk driving – call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior