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Infographic: Holiday DWI enforcement in Minnesota

To help curb drunken driving this holiday season, more than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota will take part in an extra DWI enforcement campaign Nov. 21 and continuing weekends through Dec. 29.

“As people host holiday parties, it’s crucial for everyone to have a plan before consuming alcohol,” said Mike Hanson, Office of Traffic Safety director, in a news release Tuesday. “As your guests arrive, ask them about their plans, and if they don’t have a plan, get them a ride home or offer them a bed for the night. It’s much better to lie in a bed than a coffin or jail cell.”

READ MORE: Impaired in the north country: Chronic drunken drivers plague Minn., Wis. roads

The consequences of a DWI in Minnesota, according to the Department of Public Safety:

  • Loss of license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.
  • Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver’s license.
  • First-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above are required to use interlock for one year.
  • Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

Here are some DWI stats from previous years:

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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