So far in 2013, Minnesota has seen about 300 traffic-related deaths, according to the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.
By the end of the year, the department estimates that about 400 or so people will have died in car crashes, which is on par with the 395 who were killed in such situations last year.
That high number of traffic-related deaths helps explain why law enforcement agencies across the state increased their DWI-detection efforts over Halloween weekend.
Like other holiday periods, Halloween weekend is a bad one in terms of people getting behind the wheel after having had too much to drink. Between 2008 and 2012, some 2,484 drivers were arrested on suspicion of DWI over Halloween weekend.
Statewide, agencies are still tallying their numbers, but as soon as we find out how many people were arrested on suspicion of DWI, we will relay that information to you in a follow-up blog post.
As a Minneapolis DWI attorney, a substantial portion of my clients are people who come to me after they get into trouble after driving while allegedly intoxicated. Notice that I said “allegedly” — sometimes, people wrongly assume that a DWI arrest is as good as a conviction, but this is not true. Thorough and diligent DWI defense attorneys explore the entire circumstances of the arrest to ensure that everything was done properly.
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