Tricounty News

May NightCAP DWI arrests

More than 200 impaired drivers were arrested for DWI during Operation NightCAP (nighttime concentrated alcohol patrol) campaigns in May. The 201 arrests is the highest monthly DWI total for 2008 NightCAP patrols - 129 of the arrests were in five Twin Cities' metro counties. Participating officers stopped more than 3,582 vehicles and cited more than 1,124drivers for traffic- and equipment-related violations. Of note, 267 drivers were cited for speeding and 92 for seat belt non-use. Officers made 116 designated driver contacts during the efforts. NightCAP enforcement targets the 15 deadliest counties for impaired driving: Anoka, Beltrami, Blue Earth, Cass, Crow Wing, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Rice, St. Louis, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright. During 2004-2006, these counties accounted for more than half of the state's alcohol-related deaths (272) and serious injuries (762) during 2004-2006. The May patrols lead into a complete 15-county crackdown in June on Friday the 13th. DWI enforcement will continue throughout the summer months - the most active and deadly period for impaired driving in Minnesota.I n April, NightCAP efforts generated 132 DWI arrests - 98 were in the Twin Cities metro area. More than 2,300 vehicles were stopped and 725 drivers were cited for traffic- and equipment-related violations. NightCAP is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety and the Minnesota State Patrol. The program combines city, county and state law enforcement agencies to saturate specific roadways where impaired driving is likely.