400 DWI Arrests Reported St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Created: 03/18/2013 1:31 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

Minnesota had about 400 DWI arrests and a fatality crash during St. Patrick's Day weekend, the state Department of Public Safety reported Monday.

It's unclear if alcohol was a factor in the deadly crash. The number of arrests are a preliminary count from Saturday and Sunday conducted by the state Office of Traffic Safety.

The following are St. Patrick's Day DWI arrests for past years:

So far this year, there have been 54 traffic deaths in Minnesota, which is down from 64 at this time last year, the public safety department reported.

In the past five years, 651 people were killed by drunken-driving crashes. Drunken-driving deaths account for a third of the state's total deaths annually.

Nearly 30,000 people are arrested for DWI a year in the state. One in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on their record.

The following are ways to prevent drunken driving:

Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.