Teen driver clocked at 105 mph on Manning Avenue
Patrol officers from law enforcement agencies throughout Washington County stopped 87 impaired drivers during the month of December as part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's statewide effort to crack down on drunk driving.
Around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies participated in the effort.
As part of the month-long impaired driving enforcement campaign the Washington County Sheriff's Department teamed with local police departments in Bayport, Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, St. Paul Park, Stillwater and Woodbury to conduct saturation patrols throughout the county. The saturations involved officers from each of the agencies' focusing their patrols in one or two designated areas at the same time. The numbers were reported by a Stillwater Police analysis of the county-wide effort.
Two notable incidents during the saturations both occurred in Woodbury. The first involved a 16-year-old male who was caught speeding at 105 mph on Manning Avenue where the posted speed limit is 55 mph.
He told officers he was trying to get home before his midnight curfew. Officers transported him to his home to inform his parents.
Patrol officers also arrested a 31-year -old female who was stopped for speeding, second-degree DWI and child endangerment.
The woman had two children in her car. She has two drunk driving offenses on her record.
In the last three years on Minnesota roads, alcohol-related crashes accounted for 519 traffic deaths and 1,159 serious injuries. During this same period 116,515 motorists were arrested for DWI. In Washington County during 2006-2008, there were 9 impaired driving deaths, 17 serious injuries and 4,517 DWIs. The local economic impact of alcohol-related fatalities was $15,530,000.
The DWI enforcement program was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The campaign is a component of the state's cornerstone traffic safety platform, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). TZD uses a multidisciplinary approach to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries through enhanced enforcement, improved engineering, educational outreach and efficient emergency trauma response.
During 2006-2008 in Washington County, 4,517 drivers were arrested for DWI.