Officers stopped at least 324 drivers and arrested at least eight people along the Highway 371 corridor last weekend, Aug. 15-17, during a stepped-up enforcement and traffic control effort surrounding the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
The Minnesota State Patrol, along with deputies and area officers, participated in the effort. No major incidents were reported.
Of those arrested, two were for warrant arrests and at least five were for impaired driving offenses. In addition, at least four vehicles were towed and one was forfeited. Other activity reported by officers included at least:
• 86 contacts for speeding.
• 60 contacts for seat belt violations.
• 20 contacts for violation of the Ted Foss Move-Over Law.
• 102 equipment related violations.
• 10 driving after suspension/revocation violations.
• 126 other non-specified violations.
This local enforcement project kicked off participation in a larger scale, statewide DWI enforcement and education campaign running Aug. 16 through Labor Day. Law enforcement agencies taking part in this enforcement effort with troopers were deputies from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office as well as officers from the cities of Brainerd, Breezy Point, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes and DNR officers who also reported a variety of enforcement activity from the event, mostly relating to the operation of ATVs and other off-highway vehicles, along with alcohol related stops and assists.
Very preliminary statewide stats show approximately 425 weekend DWI arrests, up from the normal 300-some arrests in recent years for the same time frame.
The DWI enforcement will continue through Labor Day and will be centered around numerous other local events around Minnesota. All people are encouraged to report drivers believed to be impaired by calling 911. DWI enforcement and education is a component of the state’s core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD).