According to the State Department of Public Safety, more than 16,000 people have been arrested this year for driving while impaired.
Law enforcement will be looking for drivers who appear impaired, whether by alcohol, or other substances. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal. Drugged driving incidents are on the rise and it’s a growing concern for Minnesota law enforcement. Starting today troopers, deputies and officers will be participating in a DWI enforcement campaign that includes extra patrols, awareness and education.
Director Mike Hanson says “drivers need to be aware that cold medicine, prescription medication, recently legalized THC edible products or any other drug can contribute to impairment and a DWI. Driving while impaired can lead to an arrest, or even worse, serious injury or death. Don’t take the chance. Always plan for a sober ride.”
More than one of every five deaths (23 percent) on Minnesota roads is drunk driving-related. Alcohol-related crashes cause an average of 344 life-changing injuries each year
In 2021 there were 24,324 DWI Incidents in the state.