State Wants Fifth Straight New Year's Eve With No DWI Deaths

Updated: 12/31/2012 9:26 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

It's been four years in a row with no DWI related deaths on New Year's Eve in Minnesota and stepped up patrols are line to keep it that way. There are 317 law enforcement agencies putting out extra police to keep the roads safe on one of the biggest party nights in the state. Police say New Year's Eve has the potential to be one of the most dangerous nights on the road.

The Minnesota State Patrol says between 2007 and 2012 there have been ten deaths involving drunk drivers on New Year's Eve and none in the past four years. And, since authorities stepped up patrols since 2002 the number of DWI arrests have gone from 1,608 to 1,477. The State Patrol says the Federal Government gave Minnesota law enforcement agencies 7-million dollars to help pay for the overtime needed to staff the extra patrols.