DWI patrols focus their aim on 13 Minnesota counties

  • Article by: ALEJANDRA MATOS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 20, 2012 - 11:01 PM

Added enforcement will concentrate on 13 counties that have the highest totals of alcohol-related driving deaths and serious injuries.

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fuzz48Nov. 20, 12 8:24 PM

"More patrols will be watching for drunken drivers in 13 counties this Thanksgiving eve, with added enforcement continuing until September 2013." Laudable, but it would have contributed to the article if we were told which counties these were.

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youpeopleNov. 20, 12 9:49 PM

Courtesy of public radio coverage of this story: The operations include increased patrols in the following counties: Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, Anoka, Dakota, Olmsted, Washington, Stearns, Wright, Sherburne, Becker, Meeker and Otter Tail.

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zooropaNov. 20, 1210:19 PM

Cracking down on drunk driving is only one front to focus on to making roads safer. I've seen more dangerous situations with drivers texting, e-mailing, applying makeup, shaving, and even brushing their teeth while behind the wheel. More and more accidents are being caused by distracted driving, but it's not focused on by law enforcement or the media like good 'ol drunk driving.

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freedumb86Nov. 21, 1212:50 AM

Report Drunk Driving

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MorgNov. 21, 12 5:44 AM

Twice within the span of a week I once saw not one but two drivers eating bowls of cereal, spoon, bowl, the whole shebang, while driving. And I can't tell you how many times I see people reading--READING!!!!--while going down the road. Honestly, I don't know what goes through some people's heads. Their brains, assuming they do have one, should be the subject of studies to find out what makes stupis people tick. Distracted driving is as deadly as DWI, and MUCH more prevalent. As is red light running. Time to start focusing on that too, coppers.

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ladylynxNov. 21, 12 6:37 AM

Keep your eyes open wider these holiday weekend. There will be buzzed, drunk, tipsy, drivers out there. Be safe everyone!

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bredpathNov. 21, 12 6:53 AM

Not enough money involved with "distracted driving", so they focus on what brings in the cash.

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badhabitNov. 21, 12 7:38 AM

Ding,Ding,Ding,Ding, We have a winner. Only took about ten posters to say the real Truth. You got it bredpath.

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mjohnson2469Nov. 21, 12 8:00 AM

When the state makes drunk driving a petty crime this is what happens. Anyone can get a DUI or two in Minnesota and a judge will assign you some STS (Community Service), Fines, and maybe house arrest for a month or two. Doesn't it shock you when reading the news and you hear the person that ran in to a minivan with a family had 5 other DUIs? Why are they even on the street? Plus, even if you do get in an accident while drunk, or aggravated charge (you're kids in the car, ran in to a pole, YOU CAN STILL DRIVE! you just have to pay enough money to the state, and there are PLENTY. If you see a car with a license plate starting with "W" they've been arrested for aggravated DUI, and they're still on the road. Don't just step up enforcement. Send them to jail for a month, let them suffer a job loss, or hardship. This may be the only way to get people to see drunk driving as a serious crime. (Getting off my soapbox now)

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timandtiaNov. 21, 12 8:18 AM

I am glad that they didn't list the counties. Why "broadcaste" on wear the troopers are going to be (that would by like telling robbers not to rob a bank because they were there). Make these counties as quiete as possible, and then catch all the drunk/distracted drivers. If I could, I would throw all of them in jail for life! I have no tolerance for drunks, and neither should you.

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