Polk County deputies, Crookston and East Grand Forks Police officers arrested eight drunk drivers during a nationwide end-of-summer DWI enforcement effort from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.
Around 400 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota participated in the state’s effort conducted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
Each year in Minnesota, nearly 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI — there were 235 arrests in Polk County in 2012. During the last three years (2010–2012), 336 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in Minnesota — 104 were killed in 2012 alone. In Polk County during the last three years, drunk driving resulted in 5 deaths.
Deputies and officers worked 102 hours of enhanced overtime patrols during this enforcement effort.