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Paynesville Press - March 16, 2005

Police urge drivers to plan ahead, be safe on St. Patrick's

By Michael Jacobson

Paynesville Police Department officers will saturate township and city roads in search of those who drink and get behind the wheel on St. Patrick's Day, which is Thursday, March 17.

The enforcement effort is designed to remove impaired drivers from the roadways as well as pressure those celebrating the holiday to make safe transportation decisions, such as calling a cab or designating a sober driver.

In 2003, there were 255 alcohol-related traffic deaths statewide and more than 32,000 drivers were arrested for DWI. "Luck of the Irish won't get you home safely after a night at the pub, but a plan with a sober ride will," said Paynesville Police Chief Kent Kortlever.

The alcohol-concentration limit for drivers in Minnesota is 0.10 percent. It will drop from 0.10 to 0.08 percent effective August 1, 2005.

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