2012 MN Drunk Driving Report: 104 Killed; Over 28,000 Arrested

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2012 MN Drunk Driving Report: 104 Killed; Over 28,000 Arrested

August 26, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released the final 2012 drunk driving report for the state.

104 people died and 28,418 people were arrested in connection with drunk driving. The 104 deaths are down from 111 in 2011 and representing 100 fewer drunk driving deaths from a decade ago.

However, safety officials say the the declining trend in drunk driving incidents could be reversed for this year due to rising crash deaths in 2013.

“Impaired driving is a constant and scary factor that plagues our roads,” says Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. “But the problem can be addressed and the tragedies prevented if we all make the effort to take responsibility and make smart decisions.”

In St. Louis County, 6.3% of the nearly 3,000 crashes in 2012 involved alcohol. Three out of the nine fatal crashes in the county also involved alcohol.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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