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Holiday DWI Numbers Increase, Especially Locally

January 09, 2019 06:03 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- During the holidays, law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota stepped up DWI patrol.

From Nov. 21 to Dec. 29, state, county and local authorities took to the roads to crack down on impaired driving.

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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said more than 2,700 drivers were arrested during that time frame, up 100 from 2017.

In Olmsted County, more than a quarter of the 43 DWI arrests happened during the day; in Mower County, eight of the nine arrests were for controlled substances.

Sgt. Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol, said there’s no reason anyone should be driving under the influence.

“There’s no excuse for people to drive impaired when there’s so many options for people. We have ride shares: Uber, Lyft and other taxi services, so it’s important that people take advantage of these, not only to save their lives possibly but others on the roadways,” he said.

State Patrol officers arrested 72 people in Rochester, in addition to the 43 arrests made by the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

Outside of the Twin Cities metro area, they’re the highest numbers in the state.

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