Labor Day DWI Mobilization: Drunk Driving — Over the Limit. Under Arrest
During 2007–2009 in Minnesota there were 1,386 traffic deaths and 494 (36 percent) were impaired-driving related. Of the drinking drivers killed, around 75 percent were not wearing a seat belt.
The legal alcohol limit for drivers in Minnesota is 0.08. It is always illegal to drive with an alcohol-concentration level of 0.08 or above. Motorists can be arrested under 0.08 if they demonstrate impaired driving behavior. If a motorist’s alcohol-concentration is at 0.08 percent or higher, it is a criminal offense with penalties ranging from misdemeanor to felony. It is also a violation of civil law that triggers automatic driver license revocation for up to a year.
Starting August 20th throughout the Labor Day holiday, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department and surrounding agencies will enhance DWI patrols to take impaired drivers off the road. Have a plan to avoid a DWI. There are plenty of safe alternatives instead of getting behind the wheel after drinking too much.
This campaign will also include seat belt enforcement. Remember the state’s primary seat belt law means that everybody needs to buckle up, even in the back. Law enforcement can stop a vehicle if anyone in the vehicle is not belted, even passengers.