Plan ahead for a sober ride this weekend

Dear Editor:

St. Patrick’s Day partygoers are reminded to plan ahead for a sober ride this holiday weekend as Isanti County law enforcement will be adding extra DWI patrols on the roads to prevent alcohol-related crashes.

St. Patrick’s Day is historically a dangerous drinking and driving party period. Since 2009, more than 1,450 people have been arrested for DWI on St. Patrick’s Day; on an average weekend in Minnesota, 250 motorists are arrested for DWI.

DWI arrests (2009-2013)

• 2009—218

• 2010—225

• 2011—289

• 2012—346

• 2013—375

Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated not only on the actual holiday, but the days leading up to it as well. Unfortunately, this usually makes it a busy time for us because several people decide to get behind the wheel after hours of drinking. You can help us by planning ahead for a sober ride if you plan to celebrate. In Isanti County, Safe Cab is available as an alternative to impaired driving. Ask your bartender or server for more details.


DWI Consequences

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible 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.

Bob Bollenbeck, Program Coordinator

Isanti County Toward Zero Deaths