Independence Day DWIs 06 Jul 13

The 4th of July is the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota roads, and there were stepped-up law enforcement patrols around the state Thursday. The Department of Public Safety reports that a total of approximately 225 DWIs were issued on Thursday as part of the crackdown. There have been 29 deaths in the last five years during the Independence Day holiday weekend in Minnesota, 19 of which were alcohol related. The state is above last year’s pace for road deaths at this point. Midway through the year, there have now been 154 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads, compared to 145 at this time last year.