Extra DWI patrols during Halloween party weekend

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Extra DWI patrols during Halloween party weekend

October 25, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Ghosts and ghouls beware, plan a sober ride this Halloween as Minnesota law enforcement step up DWI patrol this weekend.

State patrol and local authorities across the state will increase their presence on the road this weekend to crack down on impaired drivers.

Over the past five years during the Halloween party weekend, seven people lost their lives and 27 others were seriously injured in drunk driving crashes. During that same five year period, nearly 2,500 motorists were arrested for DWI.

“Impaired driving typically rears its ugly head during the Halloween party period, which creates a dangerous environment on our roads and highways,” says Jody Oscarson, DPS Office of Traffic Safety impaired driving program coordinator. “Before you put on your costume and head out for the night, make sure you have a plan in place for a sober way home to avoid the dangers and consequences of driving drunk.”

So far in 2013, there have been 300 traffic deaths, which is about the same as compared to last year where there were 303 deaths at this same time in 2012.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns