Boo! Extra DWI patrols this weekend for Halloween party period

The scariest thing on Halloween isn’t your Zombie NFL Replacement Referee costume, it’s drunk driving — which has resulted in seven deaths and 24 serious, life-altering injuries during Halloween party weekends in the last five years.

Minnesota State Patrol troopers, county deputies and municipal officers are increasing their DWI enforcement presence this weekend. During Halloween party weekends, 2007–2011, 2,342 motorists were arrested for DWI. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating the effort.

“One costume you don’t want to be wearing for Halloween is a county jail suit,” says Jean Ryan, DPS Office of Traffic Safety impaired driving program coordinator. “Before you plan what you’re wearing, plan a sober way home to avoid the dangers and consequences of a DWI.”

This weekend also wraps up a statewide, increased Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign.