Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

August 14, 2013

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over –
Extra DWI patrols in force Aug. 16-Sept. 2

Southeastern Minnesota law enforcement and families impacted by drunk drivers join forces for launch of increased DWI enforcement and education efforts

What:              Southeastern Minnesota regional law enforcement officers, community members and Toward Zero Deaths stakeholders kick off an enhanced enforcement and education campaign to encourage Labor Day 
holiday travelers to find a sober ride home.

When:           Friday, Aug 16, 2013, at 11 a.m.

Where:         MnDOT/State Patrol Headquarters – Maintenance area
2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55906
Why:             Impaired driving is still a serious threat on southeastern Minnesota roads – 71 deaths in 2008-2012 due to impaired driving. And drunk driving will continue to be a threat until everyone starts making safe, smart decisions to plan for a sober ride.


  • Deputy Mark Dyshaw, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lt. Christina Krueger,  Minnesota State Patrol
  • Lt. Scott Davis, Rochester Police Department
  • Family Impact Speakers: Hilary and Sandy Melville; Rita Seha and grandson Landon; Ross and Mary Fredericksen (invited); Jenny Baalson (invited) Garry and Shirley Hoyme (invited)
    The southeastern Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths initiative brings area law enforcement, public health educators, engineers and emergency medical and trauma services together to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and severe injuries to zero in southeastern Minnesota. The 11-county area encompasses:  Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona counties.


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