Extra DWI Enforcement for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

By KBJR News 1

Extra DWI Enforcement for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Extra DWI patrols will be out in full force this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

The Minnesota State Patrol says that they are concerned with the fact that the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, which could mean a whole weekend of celebrating.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead for a sober ride and to report other impaired drivers.

The state patrol says that St. Patrick's Day is historically a dangerous drinking and driving period. In the last five years during the St. Patrick's Day holiday, 11 traffic deaths were reported and two of those deaths involved a drunk driver.

During that same time, law enforcement arrested 1,241 motorists for DWI.

The Department of Public Safety recrords from the Office of Traffic safety show that every year since 2008, the number of people arrested for DWI on St. Patrick's day has increased.

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