Taking impaired drivers off Minnesota roads is the goal of holiday campaign
To demonstrate law enforcement’s passion for protecting motorists from impaired drivers during the holidays and throughout the year, local top DWI enforcers were recognized at a DWI enforcement kickoff.
Southeast Minnesota regional law enforcement officers, regional traffic safety stakeholders, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety came together to announce an enhanced enforcement and education campaign.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinates the campaign that runs on weekends through December 29. Those recognized for their DWI enforcement efforts include chief Jim Franklin, Rochester Police Department; Scott McConkey, Southern Minnesota Law Enforcement Liasion; deputy Chad Myers, Winona County Sheriff’s Office; Jessica Schleck, Southeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths regional coordinator; and Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol.
In 2017 in Minnesota, there were 4,418 alcohol-related crashes contributing to 113 deaths and 2,389 serious injuries. On average, three people are arrested for DWI every hour in Minnesota.
The Southeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths program brings area law enforcement, public health educators, engineers and emergency medical and trauma services together to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and severe injuries to zero in Southeast Minnesota. The 11-county area encompasses Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona counties.