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news Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

The Alexandria Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota State Patrol will increase drunk driving enforcement during a statewide and nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI enforcement effort in December. The campaign is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

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In Douglas County, 2009-2011, drunk driving crashes accounted for two deaths and six serious injuries. During this same period, 711 motorists were arrested for DWI.

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.

Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver's license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

TIPS TO PREVENT DRUNK DRIVING

• Plan for a safe ride. Designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration. Let family/friends know you are available to offer a safe ride home.

• Buckle, the best defense against a drunk driver.

• Report drunk driving. Call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

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