Winona County law enforcement officers arrested 10 drunk drivers during a December DWI enforcement effort. Around 400 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota participated in the state's effort conducted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
Participating agencies in Winona County were: the Winona, Goodview, Lewiston and St. Charles Police Department along with the Minnesota State Patrol and the Winona County Sheriff's Department.
Each year in Minnesota, nearly 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI - there were 314 arrests in Winona County in 2012. During the last three years (2010-2012), 336 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in Minnesota - 104 were killed in 2012 alone. In Winona County during the last three years, drunk driving resulted in 3 deaths.
A first DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.