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Over 2500 DWI Arrests Were Made Over The Holidays!

Law enforcement officers arrested 2,502 people in Minnesota for DWI between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day, according to a report in today’s Star Tribune.  The sweep included the arrest of a 29 year-old woman who has managed to rack up seven dwi arrests within the past 10 years (Well done, indeed!). According to the Tribune,… Read more »

Extra DWI Patrols Over The Holidays

The Minnesota Star Tribune reports that the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will be putting extra DWI patrols on the road throughout the holidays until January 2, 2016.  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety also reports that extra police patrols will be done statewide. Christmas is the second-deadliest holiday for drunk-driving fatalities and with that in mind,… Read more »

Cops Go Undercover To Catch Texting Drivers!

Drug dealers are not the only ones who need to worry about undercover police as the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports today the Minnesota State Patrol has placed five unmarked squad cars into service in the past week to watch for people texting while driving. Distracted driving has become a major problem on Minnesota roads as “last… Read more »

Police Arrest Over 1500 DWI Offenders In Late Summer Crackdown

The Minnesota Star Tribune reports today that from August 21st through September 7th of this year, law enforcement officials arrested 1513 individuals for DWI in Minnesota.  Five deaths in alcohol-related crashes also occurred during this same period of time. The St. Paul police made the most arrests with 47, followed by Minneapolis with 42 arrests,… Read more »

DWI Arrests Over The Labor Day Weekend Were Up Over Last Year!

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that during this year’s Labor Day weekend of September 4th through 7th, 462 people were arrested for drunk driving.  In 2014, the Labor Day weekend total was only 395 arrests.  This year, over 300 law enforcement agencies participated in a stepped-up program of traffic enforcement in order to apprehend… Read more »

Minnesota Domestic Assault Convictions On The Rise

The Star Tribune reports today that the number of Minnesotans convicted of Felony Domestic Assault has risen dramatically in the past 10 years.  The number of convictions has gone from 299 in 2003 to almost 1500 in 2013.  And 315 of the defendants convicted in 2013 went to prison compared to only 44 individuals in 2003.  The average… Read more »

Twelve Police Departments In Minnesota Get More Money To Catch DWI Offenders!

According to WCCO, twelve law enforcement agencies have received grants, financed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, designated for DWI enforcement.  The amounts range between $160,000 and $200,000. The agencies receiving the money under the DWI program are the: Anoka County Sheriff’s Department; Lino Lakes Police Department; Coon Rapids Police Department, Duluth Police Department,… Read more »

A Minnesota DWI Penalty Will Increase On August 1, 2015

The Minnesota Legislature has passed a law, going into effect on August 1, 2015, that will lower the alcohol concentration level at which a first-time DWI driver may be charged with a gross misdemeanor DWI. Under the current law, if a Minnesota driver tests .08%-1.9% alcohol concentration level, the offense is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty… Read more »