There will be even more DWI police officers patrolling the streets in Minnesota in the coming weeks and months.
According to a report from CBS Minnesota, 12 police agencies in the state were awarded grants for new DWI enforcement.
Although recent numbers show that DWI arrests in Minnesota dropped for the eighth consecutive year (with a 40% drop in 2014, compared to 2006), police are still investing money in an attempt to make more DWI arrests.
According to the CBS Minnesota report, the 12 grants, which range from $160,000 to $200,000, are federally financed by the National High way Traffic Safety Administration and awarded by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Office of Traffic Safety.
Agencies receiving grant money include:
- Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
- City of Lino Lakes Police Division
- Coon Rapids Police Department,
- Duluth Police Department
- Edina Police Department
- Hopkins Police Department
- Lakeville Police Department
- Minneapolis Police Department
- New Brighton Police Department
- Olmsted Police Department
- Richfield Police Department
- St. Cloud Police Department
The grant money is earmarked for either the hiring of specific DWI patrol officers or for when agencies “throw out the net” with periodic saturation periods where officers are looking specifically for those they can arrest and charge with DWI offenses.
With stepped up patrols and law enforcement officers out looking to arrest people for DWI, now is an extremely important time to know your rights as a motorist.