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Published November 28 2010

Minnesota law enforcement to increase DWI patrols

Local law enforcement agencies in Minnesota will increase DWI patrols during December as part of a statewide effort to reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths during the holidays.

Alcohol-related traffic incidents typically increase during December, according to a Moorhead Police Department news release. From 2007 to 2009, 34 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes during the month of December in Minnesota.

More than 400 local law enforcement agencies in Minnesota will participate in the patrols, including Moorhead, Dilworth, Glyndon, Hawley and Barnesville police departments and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Moorhead police, drivers can be arrested for DWI if they demonstrate impaired behavior, even if their blood-alcohol concentration is under the state limit of 0.08.