Rochester police make 25 DWI arrests during recent crackdown
The Rochester Police Department made 25 DWI arrests — more than any other agency in Greater Minnesota — during a recent crackdown on drunk driving.
The numbers were released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Across the state, 1,513 people were arrested for impaired driving between Aug. 21 and Sept. 7. Nearly 200 fewer arrests were made during the same period last year.
During this year's campaign, four crashes that killed five people involved alcohol, according to preliminary reports. That includes a 19 and 16-year-old who were hit by an alleged drunk driver in Meeker County and a 17-year-old killed by an alleged drunk driver in Blue Earth County.
“The stories you hear from officers, troopers and deputies about drunk drivers are certainly scary for anyone who shares the road with those who make poor decisions,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director, in a news release. “We know the efforts by law enforcement during our campaigns certainly make a difference in saving lives.”
A driver convicted of DWI in Minnesota can lose their license for up to a year and even face jail time. Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above, are required to install an ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges.