More Than 2,600 Charged with Minnesota DWI

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has reported that 2,655 motorists were charged with driving while intoxicated in Minnesota during December. The average blood alcohol content of those arrested was .14%, well above the .08% legal threshold for intoxication.

The totals could increase as the DPS projected the total number of arrests based on arrest reports from 331 of about 400 agencies. However, the statewide figures are well below the 3,428 arrests made in December of 2007. In addition to Minnesota DWI arrests, 1,653 seat belt citations were issued across the state. Those two factors are linked because 70% of vehicular deaths involving alcohol were not wearing a seat belt.

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