CONTACT: Sergeant Kevin TussingPHONE: (507) 663-9471
CRASH AT A FRIENDS, NOT ON THE ROAD; FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRIVE IMPAIREDExtra DWI Patrols During the Holidays on Northfield Roads Nov. 21 – Dec. 29
Northfield, Minn. – The holidays are filled with joy, happiness and time together with family and friends. Too often the joy turns to sorrow when a family is notified of a loved one’s tragic death on Minnesota roads due to someone driving impaired.
To help keep families together this holiday season, the Northfield Police Department will be participating with law enforcement statewide in an extra DWI enforcement campaign running on weekends starting Nov. 21 through Dec. 29.
“As people host holiday parties, it’s crucial for everyone to have a plan before consuming alcohol,” said Sergeant Kevin Tussing. “As your guests arrive, ask them about their plans, and if they don’t have a plan, get them a ride home or offer them a bed for the night. It’s much better to lie in a bed than a coffin.”
The Choice is YoursThe decision to get behind the wheel after drinking is costing too many people their lives. The choice to drive drunk has contributed to 28 deaths on Minnesota roads from the day before Thanksgiving through Dec. 30 in the last five years (2012-2017).
Holiday DWI Arrests (Day before Thanksgiving – Dec. 30)
DWI Arrests Year-Round
Blackout Wednesday DangersBlackout Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) is traditionally associated with a night of binge drinking.Many college students are returning home for a night of celebrating with friends and with no work on Thursday,many adults get together after a short work-week.
The Northfield Police Department calls Blackout Wednesday one of the most dangerous nights on the road inthe state. Last year, 133 drivers were arrested for DWI during a 12 hour period on Blackout Wednesday (6 p.m.Wednesday – 6 a.m. Thanksgiving). For a typical 48 period (Wednesday-Thursday), roughly a 100 people arearrested in Minnesota for DWI.
Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they willnever regain driving privileges.Speak Up and Plan a Sober Ride
Local agencies participating in the statewide campaign are the Dundas, Faribault, Lonsdale and NorthfieldPolice Departments along with the Rice County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.
The enhanced DWI enforcement campaign is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program.The Minnesota departments of Public Safety, Transportation and Health collaborate on improving traffic safetyfor all. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motoristssupport a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuseson the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes – education, enforcement, engineering, andemergency medical and trauma response.