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Published May 26, 2012, 04:27 PM

State Troopers Cracking down this Holiday Weekend

Polk County (WDAY TV) -- State Troopers are cracking down on DWI offenders. With the holiday weekend in full swing, they're taking extra precautions.

By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ, WDAY

State Troopers are cracking down on DWI offenders. With the holiday weekend in full swing, they're taking extra precautions.

"We'll be stopping him. He slowed down to 65--see now he's really hitting the brakes, looked like a single-male driver. I couldn't tell if he had his seat belt on or not, I did see he was wearing his suit and tie."

When state trooper Luke Millette makes a routine traffic stop, he usually has a good idea if the driver has been drinking "or" if they're just in a rush.

"I do have to write you a ticket because that was a little fast."

It's not everyday trooper Millette makes a DWI arrest, but he's always on the lookout.

Luke Millette/Minnesota State Trooper: "Weaving is a big one, people have a hard time keeping inside the lines when they've had too much to drink."

They also look for glossy and redness of the eyes. But, Millette says there's one thing that you just can't hide.

Millette: "It's hard to hide the smell."

If he's suspicious, Millette administers the typical tests--checking eyes, walking the line, and balancing on one leg.

"Arms at your side, I want you to hold that position until I tell ya to begin, do you understand that?"

MAfter a Minnesota State Trooper completes a field sobriety test on an individual, they then do a PBT test to determine the blood alcohol content.

(blowing into breath test)--"that's good!"

Millette: "For someone who has an empty stomach, and low body weight, you know 2 or 3 drinks can go a long way in getting you to that .08 limit."

The trooper says drivers are getting smarter these days and making sure they have a designated driver.

Millette: "it does seem like they're getting harder to find lately."

Officers say whether its a busy holiday weekend or not, chances are if you drive drunk, you will get caught.

Minnesota was one of the last states to tighten from a 1.0 to .08 limit in 2005.

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