Some 35 people have died in the last five years during the holiday period on Minnesota roadways due to drunk and drugged driving related crashes. December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and Toward Zero Deaths West Central Minnesota Program Coordinator Katy Kressin told the KMRS Community Connection that 300 extra law enforcement personnel will be on the roadways this holiday season.

“We want you to get a sober ride home,” said Kressin. “Whether that’s calling a friend, or you being the designated driver and knowing that your friends can call you. Make a smart choice and speak up to your friend and family so that they’re all at the Christmas table or around the Christmas tree this year and you’re not missing their faces.”

Kressin said over 400 people were arrested for DWI offenses over the Thanksgiving weekend. She recommended checking the 511 app for current road conditions before heading out on the roads, and to always use your seat belt. If you are involved in an incident, call 911 for help.

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