In drinking, driving and dying, Hennepin County leads the state

Categories: Booze, Crime

Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, leads the state when it comes to the number of alcohol-related deaths on the road, according to figures released today by the Department of Public Safety. Ramsey County, which includes St. Paul, comes in second.

The numbers, which cover 2006-2008, are being used by DPS as a way to figure out where to concentrate stepped-up DWI highway patrols over the holidays. Hennepin County accounted for 60 deaths, 174 alcohol-related serious injuries and 23,882 DWI arrests. Ramsey saw 23 deaths, 68 injuries and 9,152 DWI arrests.

Here are rankings for the 13 worst counties:

  1. Hennepin
  2. Ramsey
  3. Anoka
  4. St. Louis
  5. Dakota
  6. Wright
  7. Stearns
  8. Rice
  9. Olmsted
  10. Washington
  11. Scott
  12. Sherburne
  13. Otter Tail

Here are some more details:

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