Increased DWI enforcement for St. Patrick's Day

By KBJR News 1

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Authorities across the Northland are beefing up patrols to prevent any alcohol-related crashes on this St. Patrick's Day.

The Minnesota State Patrol says St. Patrick's Day is historically a dangerous drinking and driving party period.

Over the last five years, more than 1,450 motorists were arrested for DWI on St. Patrick's Day.

There were nearly 1,800 crashes in that same time span.

Just this past weekend, authorities across the state arrested 420 people, up from 340 the previous weekend.

"Plan ahead, plan a sober ride home, call for a taxi, still go out and have fun but make you get home at the end of the night," advised Lt. Jason Hanson with the Minnesota State Patrol.

A first -time DWI Offense would cost you up to $1,000 and up to 90 Days in Jail.