Extra DWI patrols on Isanti County roads

Whether it’s having fun on the boat or playing beach volleyball, it’s easy for a person to lose track of how much they’re drinking while out celebrating the final days of summer. That’s why if Minnesotans are planning to drink at all, it’s time to line up a sober driver.

No longer does our society accept drunk drivers, and law enforcement across Minnesota will be ramping up efforts to get impaired motorists off the road now through Sept. 3.

Officers, deputies and troopers from more than 300 agencies will be working overtime with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) coordinates the extra enforcement and education effort.

“Learning from past mistakes is crucial. Unfortunately, too many drivers didn’t line up a sober ride during the winter holidays as more than 2,400 motorists statewide were arrested during the last DWI Extra Enforcement period,” said Bob Bollenbeck. “This enforcement period, we have confidence that people will make the right choice. A night in jail, losing your license or causing a fatal crash because you didn’t plan ahead is not worth it. Call a friend or loved one to get you home safely before it’s too late.”

Local agencies participating in the statewide campaign include Cambridge Police Department, Isanti County Sheriff’s Department, Braham Police Department and Isanti Police Department.