Drunken Driver Crackdown 22 Aug 11

The Minnesota State Patrol and nearly 400 city and county agencies are cracking down on drunken drivers in an increased law enforcement effort that began Friday and ends September 5th.

The theme of the effort is “drive sober or get pulled over.”

Officials of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety say added enforcement and education campaigns have factored in a continuing decline of impaired driving tragedies. There were 131 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2010, the fewest on record and down 21 percent from five years ago.

Still, between 2006 and 2010, 791 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes, reflecting impaired driving as a factor annually in one-third of the state’s road fatalities. To date in 2011, 202 traffic deaths have occurred in Minnesota compared with 247 at this time last year.