December Crackdown On Drinking and Driving
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will be cracking down on drinking and driving during December.
With alcohol-related crashes peaking during December the last three years, added DWI patrols will be added statewide. December is a peak month for alcohol-related crashes because many people have holiday parties as well as New Year’s Eve.
In December 2008, 2009 and 2010 there were a combined 1,097 alcohol-related crashes, including 24 fatal crashes.
DPS officials urge motorists that if they plan on drinking, plan a sober ride or take public transportation to get home. Motorists are also urged to call 911 if they see evidence of impaired drivers on the road.
There have been 313 traffic-related deaths this year, compared to 369 at this time last year. The main message is to drive carefully on Minnesota roads throughout the holiday season.