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MN Targets Enforcement in Top Drunk Driving Counties

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Minnesotans are reminded to plan for a sober ride as they head out for the fishing opener. Law enforcement officers will be out in force on Friday in 25 Minnesota counties with the highest number of drunk driving deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries over the past three years. 

This is a one-day enhanced enforcement effort designed to keep Minnesotan's safe as they head to the lake. The Minnesota State Patrol says each year, nearly 28,000 people are arrested for DWI and approximately 35 percent of all traffic deaths are alcohol-related. One in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record.

If you get caught drinking and driving and end up with a DWI, you could lose your license for up to a year, pay thousands in costs and maybe even serve some jail time. Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver's license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

The counties of Otter Tail, Becker, Beltrami, Itasca, and Mille Lacs all made the list of the top 25 Minnesota Counties with the highest number of drunk driving deaths in the last three years. You can look at the full list below.

1. Hennepin
2. Anoka
3. Ramsey
4. St. Louis
5. Dakota
6. Washington
7. Olmsted
8. Otter Tail
9. Stearns
10. Wright
11. Itasca
12. Cass
13. Beltrami
14. Sherburne
15. Meeker
16. Crow Wing
17. Pine
18. Mille Lacs
19. Rice
20. Scott
21. Becker
22. Aitkin
23. Carver
24. Morison
25. Blue Earth
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