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1,873 busted statewide during end-of-summer DWI crackdown

ST. PAUL -- A statewide DWI enforcement campaign running from Aug. 21-Sept. 7 resulted in 1,873 DWI arrests -- more than 100 DWIs a day.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department had 10 DWI-related arrests.

The average alcohol-concentration of the DWI offenders was 0.16 -- twice the legal limit of 0.08. Preliminary arrest totals were reported by 326 of around 400 participating agencies.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety coordinated the effort.

A DWI results in loss of license for at least 90 days and can cost up to $20,000 when factoring in associated fees and increased insurance rates.

The DWI enforcement crackdown also resulted in 3,035 seat belt non-use citations. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department issued four seat-belt violation citations.

Of the impaired drivers and their passengers killed in alcohol-related crashes during 2006-2008, more than 70 percent were not wearing seat belts.