More results are in… according to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, the 18-day summer-end statewide DWI crackdown resulted in the arrest of 1,787 drunk drivers. The DWI (driving while intoxicated) offenders were arrested by 295 participating law enforcement agencies between Aug 19 and September 5, Labor Day.
During the stepped-up DWI enforcement effort, Minnesota State Patrol arrested 326 DWI offenders. The St. Paul police department reports 97 arrests in Twin Cities. The Roseville police made 34 arrests and the Bloomington police department was able to arrest 32 drunk drivers. Rochester police made 38 arrests, the Beltrami County sheriff arrested 22 drunk drivers and Duluth police also made 22 arrests.
A DWI Conviction Can Really Hurt Your Wallet
Getting charged with DWI can certainly cause hassle and humiliation. To make things worse, a DWI conviction carries very expensive consequences and calculating the total costs related to a DWI conviction is enough to make some would be drunk drivers sober up. So before deciding to drink and drive, people should strongly consider the financial consequences of a DWI conviction.
Even if the arrested drunken driver didn’t hurt anybody, they can still spend upwards of $10,000 when you consider bail, insurance, penalties and other hidden costs. The expenses can even be doubled or tripled in certain cases.
High Costs of DWI Conviction is Intentional
The main purpose of these expensive DWI penalties and associated costs is simply to prevent people from drinking and driving. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol-related vehicular crash fatalities contributed to 32% of the 10,839 road deaths in U.S in 2009. During that year, an average of one drunk driver was killed in car crash every 48 minutes.
The high percentage of alcohol-related fatalities to the overall number of road deaths has caused the states to perform serious DWI crackdowns like the one we just had in Minnesota. The FBI reports that that the implementation of a lowered BAC limit and serious DWI enforcement resulted in the arrest over 1.4 million DWI offenders in 2009.
The bottom line is a DWI conviction can cost you a great amount of money and freedom, and nobody wants to be in this situation. If you’re charged with DWI in Minnesota, you should immediately contact an experienced Minnesota DWI Lawyer who will defend your rights. Douglas T. Kans, a top Minnesota DWI attorney, is ready to provide you with the best legal representation possible in order to ensure the best possible resolution of your drunk driving charge. You can contact Kans Law Firm at (888) 972-6060 for a free case review.