A statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI enforcement campaign, Aug. 17th-through-Sept. 3rd, resulted in the arrest of 1,842 impaired drivers, according to Department of Public Safety preliminary reports from 315 reporting agencies.
A similar DWI crackdown to close out the summer in 2011 resulted in 1,787 DWI arrests. Authorities in Winona County made 11 arrests during the crackdown. There were eight arrests in Houston County,. five in Wabasha County, and just one in Fillmore County.
Each year, around 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI in Minnesota. Drunk driving crashes have resulted in 651 deaths during the past five years - 111 in 2011. In 2011, the average DWI offender was arrested with a 0.16% blood alcohol concentration level.
A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.