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Law enforcement targets drunk drivers on St. Patrick's Day

News Morris,Minnesota 56267
Morris Sun Tribune
Law enforcement targets drunk drivers on St. Patrick's Day
Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

MORRIS -- Don’t test your luck by driving drunk this St. Patrick’s Day: the Morris Police Department will be adding extra DWI patrols on the roads during the holiday weekend to prevent alcohol-related crashes. Please plan for a safe and sober ride home to avoid the serious consequences that come with a DWI.

St. Patrick’s Day is historically a dangerous drinking and driving party period, and officers are especially concerned as the holiday falls on a Sunday, meaning revelers may make a weekend of imbibing.

During the last five years during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday there were 11 traffic deaths and law enforcement arrested 1,241 motorists for DWI.

“Weekend-long events could make for a potentially dangerous situation on our roads,” says Morris Chief of Police Jim Beauregard. “If you’re planning on drinking, also plan ahead for a sober ride.”

Since 2008, the number of people arrested for DWI on St. Patrick’s Day has gone up every year as the holiday approached the weekend:

  • 2008 (Monday) — 165
  • 2009 (Tuesday) — 218
  • 2010 (Wednesday) — 225
  • 2011 (Thursday) — 287
  • 2012(Saturday) — 346

In the last five years, 651 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. Drunk driving deaths account for one-third of the state’s total deaths annually. Each year, nearly 30,000 people are arrested for DWI and one in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record.

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands 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. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges. Learn more about interlock at

Morris Sun Tribune Staff