Weekend DWI Patrols Result in Over 150 Arrests in Minnesota

Monday, 13. May 2013

Over 150 drivers across the state of Minnesota were arrested for drunk driving on Friday night in connection with the state’s largest-ever DWI patrol.

Authorities decided to conduct the patrols on the eve of opening fishing weekend, an unofficial holiday for many across the state.  According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety, over 150 squads from 70 different agencies across the state were involved in the crackdown.

Officers said about half of the roughly 150 arrests came in the Twin Cities metro area.

Friday’s DWI enforcement drew added attention because of the role social media played advertising the increased patrols.  The Minnesota State Patrol used social media to inform the public about the increased police presence in hopes of deterring would-be drunk drivers.

In addition to tweeting out pictures of the squad cars as they left the station, the Department of Public Safety tweeted out information about DWI arrests using the hashtag #May10DWI.

Previous reports had stated that authorities would tweeted out the names of those individuals arrested for driving under the influence, but they appeared to back off that statement, as they only tweeted out the age, sex, and location of a handful of perpetrators who were arrested.

However, the Twitter account @Mpls_DWI_Arrests tweeted out the names of some of the individuals arrested, also using the hashtag #May10DWI.  State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said that account was in no way affiliated with the Minnesota State Patrol or the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.  The account which tweeted out the names has since been deleted from the Twittersphere.

The Office of Traffic Safety did not say if they planned to have another large DWI patrol in the future, but they do plan on concentrating their efforts to prevent drunk driving in the 13 counties that report the most DWIs.  That includes many of the Twin Cities metro counties, including Hennepin and Ramsey.

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Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.

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