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MN Marks 5th New Year's Eve Of No DUI Deaths

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It was a busy night for partygoers and police, but the Minnesota State Patrol is pleased with the way 2013 began.

New Year's Eve in Minnesota has free of DUI-related deaths for the fifth year in a row, and Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow believes that's because more and people are getting the message to have a sober driver, and taking it seriously.

"People know that we're going to be out and about we're not making it a secret, we want people to make good choices each time they get behind the wheel because our goal is DUI prevention, it's not about how many arrests we make. So if people can make good choices each and every time they're behind the wheel that's what it's all about."

Since 2002, there has been a downward trend of DUI related incidents on Minnesota roadways, during the New Years Eve holiday. Typically one of the busiest nights for police.

From 2002-2007, Minnesota State Patrol averaged arresting 322 people each year for driving under the influence, from 2007-2012 that number dropped to an average of 295 people each year.

Grabow, says he would like to see the decrease in DUI incidents and arrests not just on the New Years holiday but throughout the entire year.

"Hopefully it's something we can build on and hopefully everybody else that's hears this that sees this, knows that the program is working and again this doesn't have to be a one night thing this is something that can continue throughout the rest of the year or throughout the rest of your driving career in general."

The Minnesota State Patrol will end 2012 with just under 380 fatalities on their highways. An increase from 2011 but below 400, which happened for the first time since 1944 in 2011.

 

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