Extra DWI enforcement means extra arrests

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Minnesota officers, deputies and troopers arrested 2,407 drivers for DWI during the busy holiday schedule Nov. 23-Dec. 30, 2016, compared to 2015's 2,502 arrests. More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in the extra enforcement around the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

On New Year's Eve, a 40-year-old man was arrested for DWI after coming head-on toward a Jordan police officer's squad car. The driver had an 11-year-old boy in the car and reported a blood alcohol content of .25 at the time of the arrest.

During the campaign, 11 agencies reported a BAC of .30 or higher. The highest was in South St. Paul, with a report of BAC .38.

Tips to prevent drunken driving include:

• Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab or public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration.

• Speak up. Offer to be a designated driver or be available to pick up a loved one anytime.

• Buckle up.

• Report drunken driving. Call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior and have the location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior to report.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Dave Boxum, dave.boxum@state.mn.us, 651-201-7569.