Minn. Report: 104 Drunken-Driving Deaths Last Year

Updated: 08/26/2013 5:22 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

State traffic-safety officials have released a report on drunken driving that says 104 people died last year and more than 28,000 people were arrested in alcohol-related traffic incidents.
The state Department of Public Safety said Monday the drunken-driving deaths in 2012 represent a slight decrease from the 111 deaths the previous year.
There were a total of 395 traffic fatalities last year, of which 26 percent involved drunken drivers.
The number of drunken-driving arrests continues a declining trend since 2008, but still average 78 per day. Of those arrested, almost 11,500, or 40 percent, had at least one prior DWI.
Three-fourths of the people arrested were male, and two in five were people in their 20s.
First-time offenders had an average blood-alcohol content of about 0.15 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Last weekend alone, there were 355 DWI arrests in Minnesota, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

Top Counties for DWI Convictions

  1. Clearwater (95 percent)
  2. Hubbard (94 percent)
  3. Marshall (94 percent)
  4. Watonwan (94 percent)
  5. Wilkin (93 percent)

Counties With Lowest DWI Convictions

  1. Washington (62 percent)
  2. Steele (67 percent)
  3. Dakota (68 percent)
  4. Hennepin (69 percent)
  5. Fillmore (70 percent)

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.