Monday, June 27, 2011
On July 1, stronger DWI sanctions will be implemented—requiring many DWI offenders to have ignition interlocks installed in vehicles to regain driving privileges.
Several bills passed during the 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions that will take effect on July 1. And one of those laws will change the procedure that allows some DWI offenders to get back behind the wheel. Under the new law, repeat DWI offenders and first-time offenders whose alcohol concentration was at least double the legal limit, will have to use an ignition interlock device to drive legally in the state. The law is a statewide expansion of a successful pilot program, which is already in place in Hennepin county. An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer, installed to a motor vehicle's dashboard, which tests a drivers blood alcohol concentration, before the vehicle's motor can be started. If a driver’s breath exceeds a preset …
Friday, June 10, 2011
To-date in 2011, there have been 113 traffic deaths compared to 156 at this time in 2010.
A series of new TV spots is hitting Minnesota airwaves next week to accompany extra DWI patrols hitting road this summer — the deadliest time for alcohol-related crashes. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety campaign will be specifically targeting the biggest DWI offenders, men ages 21–34.
Also, extra summertime DWI patrols will kick-off on June 17. “The campaign takes phrases and images familiar to drinking drivers and flips them to reflect the serious negative consequences,” said Jean Ryan, DPS impaired driving programs coordinator. The 15-second spots link and twist common alcoholic beverage names and drinking terms with DWI consequences, capped with the tagline “Don’t Be What You Drink.” In Minnesota …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Minnetonka Police also made an arrest for drug possession.
All information taken from the Minnetonka Police Department Crime Activity Report. May 16 10:51 a.m.: Minnetonka Police were dispatched to 2400 Lindbergh Drive (Hopkins High School) to investigate reported drunkenness. May 17 11:37 a.m.: Minnetonka Police were dispatched to 10700 Cedar Lake Road (Hopkins North Junior High School) after a child accidentally brought a BB gun to school. For a full story on that incident, click here. 1:18 p.m.: Minnetonka Police responded to a reported obscenity/exposure situation at 2400 Lindbergh Drive (Hopkins High School). According to officials, on the scene, officers found a boy who was wearing his pants very low. 4:09 p.m.: an 83 year old man from Eden Prairie was cited at 4848 County Road 101 (Target…
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
DWIs continue to have a heavy presence in the blotter.
All information taken from the Minnetonka Police Department Crime Activity Report. Last week the Minnetonka Fire Department duty crew responded to a natural gas leak, two electrical problems, nine medicals, two lift assists, three smoke scares and three false alarms. One callback of on-call firefighters was initiated. Also, Minnetonka Police officers responded to 553 calls for service, initiated 339 traffic stops, made 27 arrests and issued 155 citations for various traffic violations. Some of the more severe offenses were as follows; May 10 12:22 a.m.: a 23 year old female from Minneapolis, was arrested at Wayzata Boulevard and Cheshire Parkway for having possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a motor vehicle. This woman was …
Sunday, February 6, 2011
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is encouraging Minnesotans to, “Punt, pass, hand-off or fumble your keys to an eligible sober driver.”
Phillip Cummings was just 23 when he died in 1994. He was hit head-on by a drunken driver on a freeway exit ramp just south of the Minnetonka border in Eden Prairie. "It was terrible. It changed everything. It turned everything upside down," his father, Jon Cummings said, reflecting on the tragedy. And it's one tragedy that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety wants to stop from happening tonight. So as locals gather to watch the Super Bowl, extra officers will be on the roads targeting druken drivers. Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol has said, “Drivers arrested for DWI will find their lives in very poor field position with consequences such as jail time, loss of license and huge costs.” According to the Minnesota DPS, 1,…
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Drunken driving also reported in this week’s Minnetonka Police blotter.
All information taken from the Minnetonka Police Department Crime Activity Report. Jan. 24 Jan. 27 Jan. 28 Jan. 29 Jan. 30
Friday, December 31, 2010
In an effort to curb impaired driving, the Minnetonka Police Department is adding extra patrols on New Year's Eve.
Phillip Cummings was just 23 when he died. He was hit head-on by a drunken driver on a freeway exit ramp in Eden Prairie, in 1994. "It was terrible. It changed everything. It turned everything upside down," his father, Jon Cummings said today as he reflected on the tragedy. And it's one tragedy that the Minnetonka Police want to stop from happening tonight. So as locals toast to 2011, the Minnetonka Police will be on the roads targeting druken drivers. "It's known as a night for celebration and that's when we're going to see increased alcohol use," said Minnetonka Police Officer Shannon Odegaard. "We want people to know we're out there so that people make the right choices." And according to Cummings, making just one wrong choice is all it…