225 DWI arrests over July 4 holiday
|mtellin and epSos.de|
Alcohol is the clear culprit of the holiday danger.
- Thanksgiving weekend brings more than 100 DWIs, 500 crashes across the state
- Seven people killed in 4th of July weekend accidents
Usually, 30 percent of annual traffic deaths in Minnesota are drunk-driving related. But on the five July Fourths between 2008 and 2012, that rate jumped to 65 percent.
In an effort to discourage after-fireworks drunk driving, this year, the state announced plans to ramp up DWI patrols over the holiday. And while there's not yet word on how many traffic fatalities Minnesota saw on July 4, troopers' increased presence netted plenty of over-the-limit drivers.
Since Wednesday, there have been about 225 DWI arrests in the state, according to DPS spokesman Bruce Gordon. Those tickets carry with them hefty punishments that can include license suspension, thousands of dollars in fines, and even jail time.
If that -- and saving lives -- isn't enough of a reminder to stay off the road after a few beers, here's another one: The extra DWI patrols will continue tonight in the Twin Cities.