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DWI campaign nets few arrests than last year

During the statewide Labor Day DWI campaign from Aug. 20 through Sept. 6, Minnesota officers, deputies and troopers arrested 1,147 drivers for driving impaired compared, That compares a total with 1,649 DWI arrests during the same period in 2020, which represents a decrease of 31 percent.

There were also 130 move-over citations issued (Aug. 31), compared with 294 in 2020.

The enforcement effort supports the Ted Foss Move Over law, which requires that on a road with two or more lanes going the same direction, drivers must move over one full lane from stopped emergency vehicles that have their flashing lights activated. State Patrol Trooper Ted Foss lost his life Aug. 31, 2000, when a passing vehicle struck him during a traffic stop on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in Winona.

More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota participated in the DWI campaign, which included extra patrols, awareness and education, coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

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