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Published December 30, 2011, 06:39 PM

New Year's Eve DWI arrests down in Minnesota

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - DWI arrests in Minnesota over the New Year's holiday the past decade are down.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

DWI arrests in Minnesota over the New Year's holiday the past decade are down. From 2001 to 2006, 1552 people were arrested for DWI on New Year's Eve and Day. Arrests fell more than three hundred the last five years to 1224.

Many agencies, statewide, are upping patrols this weekend to encourage smart decisions. One in seven Minnesotans have a DWI on record. Stronger laws are leading to the decline. You can now lose your license for a year, pay $20,000 in legal fees and increased insurance, even go to jail.

Trooper Brian Cheney – Minnesota State Patrol: “The consequences have gotten a little higher and higher every year whether it'd be fines or revocations of drivers licenses, you know, you know, anywhere from 90 days to up to a year or even more depending on your prior alcohol offenses if you have any.”

Nearly 30,000 drivers in Minnesota were arrested for DWI in 2010.

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