Arrests Up This St. Patrick's Day Over Last Year

By KBJR News 1

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Minnesota State Patrol says this year they arrested more people for drinking under the influence on St. Patrick's Day weekend.

43 impaired drivers were arrested between noon and four in the morning on Saturday.

That is up from 35 arrests made last year.

Around half of the arrests - both years - were in the Twin Cities area.
As part of the "towards zero death initiative", the Minnesota State Patrol, along with several other law enforcement agencies, had their officers out in full force in Duluth over the weekend cracking down on impaired drivers.

"As far as our project that we worked on, our federal project we arrested more than we have in the past so that was up a little bit. As far as our district goes, the Duluth district in general, it was probably about the same as a regular weekend, but our enforcement team definitely arrested more people then we usually do," says MN State Trooper, LT Jason Hanson.

Danyel Piecek
Lieutenant Hanson says the main goal of the increased enforcement is to educate the public about safety.