BY THE NUMBERS: Minnesota drunk driving report - KMSP-TV

BY THE NUMBERS: Minnesota drunk driving report

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Monday that there were 100 fewer drunk driving deaths in 2012 versus a decade ago.

Extra statewide DWI enforcement will push through Labor Day. During the second weekend of the campaign, the DPS said 355 people were arrested for DWI according to preliminary reports. There were more than 400 arrests during the first weekend.

There were a total of 104 drunk driving deaths and 28,418 arrests made in 2012, the DPS report says.


-395 people died in traffic crashes in 2012, 104 were a result of drunk driving
-75 percent of the drunk driving deaths occurred outside of the metro
-2,644 people suffered injuries in alcohol-related crashes
-28,418 drivers were arrested for DWI – an average of 78 per day
-35,736 drivers were arrested for DWI in 2008
-11,474 of the 2012 arrests had at least one prior DWI
-73 percent of DWI arrests were men
-42 percent of DWI arrests were between the ages of 20 and 29
-1 in 16 arrests made were drivers under age 21
-.148 was the average BAC among first-time offenders
-.164 was the average BAC among repeat offenders
-76 percent of DWI arrests resulted in a criminal conviction
-74 percent of drinking drivers killed were not wearing seatbelts
-585 people have died in drunk driving crashes in Minnesota over the past five years
-111 drunk driving deaths were recorded in Minnesota in 2011

-Top 5 counties with highest DWI conviction rates: Clearwater (95 percent); Hubbard (94 percent); Marshall (94 percent); Watonwan (94 percent); Wilkin (93 percent); Polk (92 percent); Wabasha (91 percent); and Otter Tail (90 percent).

 -Counties with the lowest conviction rates: Washington (62 percent); Steele (67 percent); Dakota (68 percent); Hennepin (69 percent); and Fillmore (70 percent).

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