Fishing Opening Weekend Brings Extra Minnesota DWI Patrols

The opening weekend of the fishing season will have sportsmen heading to lakes across Minnesota. To reduce drunk driving and alcohol related accidents, the Departments of Public Safety and Transportation will be staging extra DWI patrols. The heightened MN DWI enforcement will be focused on Anoka, Hennepin, Olmsted, Rice, St. Louis, Crow Wing and Stearns counties.

Officials are urging motorists to be prepared, buckle up, use caution and plan for a sober designated driver. The DPS reports that 18 motorists have been killed over the past five fishing season opening weekends, and 6 of those fatalities were alcohol related. During the same time period, 2,331 arrests for driving while intoxicated in Minnesota were made.

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