Drunk Driving Crackdown 02 Sep 11

A Labor Day weekend crackdown on drunk drivers is underway, with nearly 400 city and county law enforcement agencies, along with the State Patrol taking part. Officials say that added enforcement and education campaigns have factored in a continuing decline of impaired driving tragedies. There were 131 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2010, the fewest on record and down 21% from five years ago. So far in 2011 there have been 202 traffic deaths in Minnesota, compared with 247 at this time last year. Impaired driving continues to be a factor in one-third of the state’s road fatalities annually. The latest drunk driving crackdown runs through September 5th. The theme of the effort is “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over.”