Meeker County High in DWI Death and Injuries 19 Nov 12

The Meeker County Sheriff s Office will increase DWI patrols on Wednesday (November 21st) to combat impaired driving.

KWLM reports Meeker County is among the Minnesotas top 13 counties with the highest number of combined drunk driving traffic deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries.

In Meeker County, from 2009 to 2011, drunk driving crashes accounted for 10 deaths. During that same period, 252 motorists were arrested for DWI. Statewide during the same period, 344 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. Each year in the state, around 30,000 people are arrested for DWI.

Extra DWI patrols began saturating Meeker County roads in October 2012 and will continue through September 2013. The DWI crackdown program combines county and state law enforcement agencies to saturate specific roadways where impaired driving is likely. The extra DWI patrols are over and above ongoing, regular traffic enforcement.

Sheriff Jeff Norlin says their focus is to prevent drunk driving activity through high-visibility DWI enforcement and he’s calling on citizens to do their part to make safe, smart decisions and avoid the risk.

The 13 deadliest counties accounted for nearly half of the states drunk driving deaths (160) and half of the states alcohol-related serious injuries (436) during the 2009 to 2011period. Those counties are: Anoka, Becker, Dakota, Hennepin, Meeker, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Ramsey, St. Louis, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, and Wright.