2 arrested for impaired driving during enforcement effort

Published 9:30 am Friday, March 19, 2010

Albert Lea Police officers arrested two impaired drivers during a St. Patrick’s Day impaired driving enforcement effort. The effort also included seat belt enforcement — zero unbelted motorists were cited under the state’s primary seat belt law that requires drivers and all passengers to be belted.

“Alcohol-related crashes are an ongoing problem on Albert Lea roads, and more heightened DWI enforcement campaigns will continue year-long,” says Lt. J.D. Carlson. “Freeborn County drivers need to take responsibility and make a plan for a sober ride home before they start drinking. There were many that didn’t, and they’ll be paying out the ‘green’ for some time.”

Statewide on St. Patrick’s Day, 2006-2008, alcohol-related crashes accounted for seven of 14 traffic deaths and 12 serious injuries. During that same time period, 1,567 impaired drivers were arrested for DWI.

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Extra DWI enforcement efforts will continue throughout 2010 in Freeborn County.

During 2006-08 in Freeborn County, alcohol-related crashes killed four motorists and seriously injured six. The economic impact of those crashes cost Freeborn County an estimated $4,943,000. During that same time period, 556 motorists were arrested for DWI in Freeborn County.

Each year, alcohol-related crashes account for up to 200 deaths and 3,000 serious injuries in Minnesota.