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)
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.
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
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