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Arrests for driving while impaired rise in Minnesota


January 3, 2020

JEFF WHEELER • Star Tribune

A trooper handcuffs the driver of a vehicle who was allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The number of people arrested for driving while impaired in Minnesota is on the rise, and it's not just drunken drivers police are catching.

A majority of the 27,975 motorists cited for driving while impaired (DWI) last year had too much alcohol in their system, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. But a growing number of drivers arrested for being impaired by substances other than alcohol - namely cannabis, opioids and methamphetamine - contributed to a nearly 5% increase in DWI arrests last year when compared with 2018.


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