More Than 2,600 Arrested in DWI Crackdown Across Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says a statewide crackdown on drunken driving in December netted 2,655 arrests.

The results were reported last Friday. Those arrested had an average blood alcohol content of 0.14, well above the legal limit of 0.08.

The number of arrests could increase because the results are being deemed preliminary after 331 of about 400 agencies that participated in the effort have reported their numbers.

Seat-belt use was also targeted last month. Authorities issued 1,653 citations for those not wearing their seat belts in December. The department says the two causes were linked because 70 percent of those killed in cars driven by drunk drivers from 2005-07 were not buckled up.


Information from: Star Tribune,