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300 DWI Arrests Over New Year's Holiday, 2 Locally

Posted at: 01/02/2013 3:24 PM
Updated at: 01/02/2013 8:43 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- At least 300 people were arrested for DWI in Minnesota on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. That's according to preliminary DWI arrest information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

The 300 DWI arrest figure is consistent for New Year’s Eve DWI arrests; the state averaged 295 DWI's during the previous five years for the holiday.

Locally, Olmsted County had two arrests while Mower and Freeborn didn't have any.

The state also saw one fatality during the afternoon on December 31st, North of Deer River but it's unknown if alcohol was a factor. The previous four years have seen no drunk driving deaths on New Year's Eve-New Year's Day.

Many law enforcement agencies conducted extra DWI patrols on New Year’s Eve as part of a statewide December DWI enforcement campaign.

There have been 651 drunk driving deaths in the last five years. In 2011 alone, there were 111. Each year, nearly 30,000 people are arrested for DWI.