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Woodbury cop named a 'DWI enforcer all-star'

Woodbury police officer AJ Veenendall was named to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety's "DWI All-Star Team" after he made 67 drunken driving arrests in 2016. Officers from throughout the state were recognized before the July 18 Minnesota Twins game. Photo courtesy of Department of Public Safety

A Woodbury police officer has been recognized for his drunken driving enforcement.

AJ Veenendall was named a "DWI Enforcer All-Star" by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety. He was one of 43 officers across the state recognized for their efforts to pull drunken drivers off the road. Veenendall had 67 DWI arrests in 2016. Together the officers had made 2,619 DWI arrests last year.

The officers were recognized before the July 18 Minnesota Twins game.

There were a total of 23,392 drunken driving arrests in Minnesota last year. That number has decreased consistently in the last 10 years. The Public Safety Department reported 38,765 arrests in 2007.

"Each year people are making smarter choices," said Donna Berger, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. "But even one drunk driver on the road is one too many. We thank the DWI all-stars who are making a difference and keeping our roads safe for everyone."

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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