The Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced 225 DWI arrests were made on Friday night, the first night of their most recent DWI enforcement campaign.
In order to make drivers think twice about driving drunk, the Minnesota DPS is using its Twitter account to make those arrests more public. The law enforcement agency emails the drunk driver's age, gender, location and BAC to the Department of Public Safety, who then tweets that information through the account, shaming the individual by announcing the wrongdoing to followers. Though the drivers go unnamed, one thing is certain: Information spreads like wildfire when social media is involved.
In addition, electronic billboards on major freeways display warning messages encouraging a sober ride.
Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said about 30,000 DWI arrests are made each year in Minnesota, and in the last five years, 585 people have been killed in drunk driving crashes statewide.
Extra patrols will continue through the Labor Day weekend as summer comes to a close.