The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office reports that the State Patrol, along with county and city enforcement agencies will be conducting extra patrols throughout the summer starting this weekend in 13 counties that account for over half of alcohol-related fatalities and half of serious injuries of the state during 2007 to 2009. During this three-year period, Minnesota had 254 alcohol-related deaths and 506 serious injuries.
According to Lt. Eric Roeske of Minnesota State Patrol, “Impaired driving is a threat on our roads all year, but especially in the summer. Motorists can avoid harsh DWI penalties by taking easy steps to plan for a safe and sober ride home.”
The 13 counties of Minnesota reported to have the highest total number of alcohol-related fatalities and serious injuries combined will have major DWI enforcement the whole summer. DPS reports that the DWI enforcement effort will roll summer-long for fighting against impaired driving that typically has it speak in warm-weather months. The 13 target counties are Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Itasca, Olmsted, Ramsey, Rice, St. Louis, Scott, Stearns, Washington and Wright.
Lt. Roeske adds, “Any increased awareness of the drivers which will result from this campaign can translate into a safer working environment for workers out on the highways, especially with huge amounts of construction and people working on the roads”.
The wide DWI enforcement is a campaign known as Toward Zero Death (TZD) program with the goal of creating a safe way of driving in the roads of Minnesota. Motorists pledged their support for zero-road deaths and aim to practice and promote a driving behavior that’s safe and smart. The four areas that the TZD focuses to apply are education, engineering, enforcement and also emergency trauma response for reduction of alcohol-related crashes. There have been 113 cases of traffic deaths to date in 2011 compared to 156 fatalities at the same period in 2010.
If you get charged with DWI this summer in Minnesota, you’ll need to contact a Minnesota Drunk Driving lawyer who will defend your rights. Douglas T. Kans is a DWI attorney who will provide you with comprehensive legal services that you need in order to ensure the best possible resolution of your drunk driving case. You can contact Kans Law Firm at (888) 972-6060 for a free case review.