No local arrests during statewide enhanced DWI enforcement

Published 11:00 pm Friday, September 14, 2018

No impaired drivers were arrested locally during the statewide enhanced drunken driving enforcement campaign that took place Aug. 17 through Sept. 2.

The Albert Lea Police Department and Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office participated in the campaign, along with more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state.

Though no impaired drivers were arrested, numerous other drivers were cited for a variety of violations, including drug offenses and driving without a license, according to a press release from the Albert Lea Police Department. Officers also recovered a stolen vehicle.

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According to the release, alcohol-related serious injuries and fatalities occur most frequently during the summer months from June through August.

There were 138 drunken driving-related fatalities from 2012 through 2016 and 414 alcohol-related serious injuries during the same months and years.

“So many great Minnesota memories are made during the summer out on the water, around the campfire and at all the community events,” said Albert Lea police Lt. Jeff Strom. “When we arrest a drunk driver, we’re keeping those memories alive for the people that person didn’t kill or injure on the road, including themselves. We’re not here to spoil anybody’s fun. We’re here to make sure the fun, and a life, don’t end too soon.”

The two local law enforcement agencies thanked those who chose not to drink and drive in the release.