Final 2012 Drunk Driving Report Released in Minnesota

Posted at: 08/26/2013 10:12 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- State safety officials Monday released the final drunk driving report for 2012.

In it, officials say 104 people were killed as a result of impaired drivers, 28,418 arrests were made as well.

“Impaired driving is a constant and scary factor that plagues our roads,” says Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. “But the problem can be addressed and the tragedies prevented if we all make the effort to take responsibility and make smart decisions.”

Currently, law enforcement across Minnesota are taking part in a DWI enforcement period through labor day.  During the first two weekends, approximately 755 suspected drunk drivers were arrested.

Here are some interesting notes about DWI enforcement provided by state officials.

Deaths and Injuries


DWI Arrests

DWI Conviction Rates

76 percent of motorists arrested for DWI resulted in a criminal conviction for driving while impaired; this percentage will increase as outstanding cases are settled in courts. Historically, about 85 percent of DWI arrests result in a conviction each year.

The top five counties for DWI conviction rates were: Clearwater (95 percent); Hubbard (94 percent); Marshall (94 percent); Watonwan (94 percent); Wilkin (93 percent); Polk (92 percent); Wabasha (91 percent); and Otter Tail (90 percent).

Counties with the lowest conviction rates: Washington (62 percent); Steele (67 percent); Dakota (68 percent); Hennepin (69 percent); and Fillmore (70 percent).