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DWI enforcement steps up

In an effort to curb drunken driving, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety will have extra DWI enforcement on the roads now through Sept. 2.

To underscore the strong DWI enforcement, DPS will live-report DWI arrest activity on Twitter and post arrest updates on Twin Cities digital billboards starting Aug. 16. The updates will include age and gender of offender, location of arrest and alcohol-concentration level. Follow arrests at @MnDPS_OTS, #onelessdrunkdriver.

"There are plenty of Minnesotans who have driven drunk plenty of times and have not yet crashed and have not yet been caught," says Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. "All it takes is one crash, one arrest to turn your world upside down. Avoid the risk and plan ahead."

To-date, 219 people have been killed on Minnesota roads, up from 198 at this time last year. In the last five years, drunk driving crashes have killed 585 people in Minnesota, DPS reports.