Virginia Police Officer Honored For Keeping Roads Safe

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Virginia Police Officer Honored For Keeping Roads Safe

January 11, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM CDT

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)--A Virginia police officer was honored Wednesday for his efforts to prevent serious or fatal car accidents throughout northern St. Louis County.

A five year member of the police force, Officer Steve Estey made 38 DWI arrests in 2011.

His third and fourth DWI hat tricks, (three DWI arrests in one shift) were made only six days apart last October.

Estey has been named as one of The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's "DWI Enforcer All-Stars," two years in a row.

"It’s a team effort, you know, I'm just one guy," Estey said. "If I'm tied up on a traffic stop, you know my fellow officers are taking calls, so I need to thank them for doing that as well as backing me up if I’m on a DUI."

The ultimate goal of the statewide Toward Zero Deaths campaign is to reduce the number of fatalities on Minnesota roads to zero.

In 2011 there were 349 traffic deaths statewide, a number down nearly 40 percent from 2010.

The state met its campaign goal of 350 or fewer deaths per year by 2014.

St. Louis County still remains one of the deadliest counties in the state for impaired driving.

Fifty-eight DWI arrests were made in northern St. Louis County in December, nine less than in 2010

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