Many major holidays are an opportunity for serious wrecks to occur on Minnesota highways, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. Because much of the celebration includes a good dose of alcohol consumption, police take extra steps to ensure the roadways are safe.
Increased patrols over the St. Patrick's weekend this year resulted in dozens of arrests for drunken drivers in the metro area by Sunday afternoon. Thankfully, though, there were no reported fatalities linked to drunken driving. In fact, preliminary arrest numbers appeared low compared to previous years, according to the State Patrol.
The patrol reportedly made 24 DWI arrests, with an additional 17 for out of state impaired drivers. Bloomington reported an additional nine from Friday night to early Sunday afternoon.
Last year was a particularly busy time for officers in dealing with the problem of drunken drivers on St. Patty's Day. The holiday fell on a Saturday then, and a total of 346 arrests were made. Interestingly, every year from 2008 until this year, the number of drunken drivers on St. Patty's Day has risen, as the holiday consecutively moved from Monday in 2008 closer and closer to the weekend.
Another factor in the decrease could also be, of course, the weather. Last year on St. Patty's Day, the weather was quite different than it was this year.
DWI charges can be seriously disrupting to one's life, and it is important for all those who are accused of this crime to obtain a strong advocate to help them achieve the best possible outcome in their case.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, "First blush reveals DWI busts down on St. Pat's Day," March 17, 2013