Drunk driving national enforcement crackdown underway

Minnesota’s enhanced DWI enforcement and education efforts have been factors in the continued reduction of alcohol related deaths, but impaired driving remains a serious threat, accounting for more than 100 deaths each year, thousands of people injured and 30,000 motorists arrested for DWI. One in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

Help prevent impaired driving

The fight against impaired driving is everyone’s responsibility:

• Have a plan for a sober ride before you party.

• Use safe alternatives – designate a sober driver, take a cab or public transportation, sleep on a friend’s couch.

• Report impaired driving – If you see erratic driving, find a safe place to call 911. Be prepared to provide location, driver behavior, and most importantly, a license plate.

Chisago County law enforcement officers will be cracking down on drunk drivers in a national high-visibility enforcement campaign Aug. 13-Sept. 1. This enhanced enforcement will include extra officers on the roads to enforce drunk driving laws.

Drunk driving education is a component of Minnesota’s core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths.  A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safety and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes – education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency trauma response.

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