SOBER RIDES: Police plan New Year's crackdown on drunk driving - KMSP-TV

SOBER RIDES: Police plan New Year's Eve crackdown on drunk driving

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Anyone hitting the town for New Year's Eve will want to make sure they've got a sober ride planned, because the Minnesota Department of Public Safety warns that extra state troopers and other law enforcement will be looking for drunk drivers Tuesday night in light of the festivities.

"We recognize that people will be celebrating on New Year's Eve, however it's critical for everyone to make good, responsible choices that don't put the lives of others in jeopardy. Find a sober ride home and encourage others to do the same," said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.

According to state data, a total of 6,921 DWI incidents occurred in Hennepin County alone in 2012. Also in 2012, 104 people were killed in Minnesota in drunk driving-related crashes.


Miller Light is teaming up with Metro Transit once more to offer free rides on all city bus routes and light rail lines starting at 6 p.m. and lasting until the end of service. The program has provided more than a million free rides over the years for those who celebrate on New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day.

Check AAA Sober Ride to find a list of safe sober ride programs in Hennepin County and other areas in the state.

Some establishments offer shuttle services, but it's always possible to call one of the dozens of cab companies based in the Twin Cities to get a quick lift.


Alcohol impairment aside, the roads are slippery for all drivers. Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said metro troopers handled 183 crashes between 5 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning -- 13 involved injuries.

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