Minn. DWI Arrests Hit 300 over New Year's

Updated: 01/03/2013 7:02 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

More than 300 people were arrested for drunk driving on Minnesota roadways on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the state averaged 295 New Year's Eve/New Year's Day DWIs during the previous five years.

“New Year’s remains a major celebration, and many people still put lives at risk on the holiday by making the dangerous decision to drink and drive,” says Jean Ryan, DPS Office of Traffic Safety impaired driving coordinator. “Those who did not plan ahead for a sober ride and were arrested face serious consequences.”

A DWI offense can mean the loss of a license for up to a year, fines and possible jail time.

One person died in a crash Dec. 31 north of Deer River. At this point, it's unclear if alcohol was a factor in that crash.