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Published February 05, 2011, 06:40 PM

Extra DWI Enforcement Gives Minnesota Drivers Peace Of Mind

The Minnesota Highway Patrol is giving some worried travelers peace of mind this Superbowl weekend. Diane Muir lives in Minnesota and worries about people drinking and driving.

A woman from Hallock, Minnesota worries about driving on the same road with impaired drivers.

The Minnesota Highway Patrol is giving some worried travelers peace of mind this Superbowl weekend.

Diane Muir lives in Minnesota and worries about people drinking and driving.

"The older you get the more you think about these things. Really that they do happen." Muir said.

Muir has a 13-year-old daughter and can't help thinking about when she gets her drivers license, and driving on a busy weekend like this.

"We would be more inclined to either keep her at home or take her to and from where she would be going." Muir said.

The Minnesota Highway Patrol is trying to keep roads safe the next few days. Between 2007 and 2009 officers arrested more that 14-hundred DWI's over Superbowl weekend.

"That's an extraordinary amount of DUI enforcement as well as violators out on the roads that are putting our lives as well as everyone elses at risk." Sargeant Michael Theis of the Minnesota Highway Patrol said.

In Minnesota each day officers arrest around 90 DWI's...Superbowl weekend it goes up 2 and a half times that many. A few signs they will look for.... erratic driving, moving over the center line or over the fog line.

"It doesn't take a significant violation to get stopped." Theis said.

Although you may want to celebrate during the Superbowl, if you have a few drinks, officers want you to plan ahead for a safe ride home.

"Either get a taxicab or carpooling or if they are not going to do that we will be out in force to be able to give them a safe ride not home, but more than likely to jail." Theis said.

Good news for people like Muir, who want to enjoy themselves and feel safe on the drive home.

"Hopefully you know, their more aware that there are more patrols out and that it might curb a few of them from going out on the road." Muir said

Officers say one in seven people in Minnesota have a DWI on their record. They hope with more enforcement and checkpoints.

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