St. Patrick's Day weekend calls for extra DWI patrols

By KBJR News 1

St. Patrick's Day weekend calls for extra DWI patrols

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Extra DWI patrols will be enforced for St. Patrick's Day weekend.

The Minnesota State Patrol says that with the holiday falling on a Sunday, their concern is a whole weekend of partying.

Troopers, deputies and officers from around Minnesota will be working shifts all weekend.

Drivers are encourages to plan ahead not to drink and drive and report impaired drivers.

In the last five years during the St. Patrick's Day holiday there were 11 traffic deaths.

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

Department of Public Safety records from the Office of Traffic Safety show that since 2008, the number of people arrested for DWI on St. Patrick’s Day has gone up every year as the holiday approached the weekend.

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