Yesterday the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released the results of its five-week crackdown on DWIs over the holiday season.
First the good news: The number of DWIs has fallen every year since 2006.
To figure out where the state's drunkest drivers are, we took the 10 city police departments and and 10 county sheriffs that recorded the most DWIs over the holidays and calculated the number of DWIs per 100,000 of the population. First the cities:
South Lake Minnetonka, come on down! That police department actually covers four different small cities along the southern shores of Lake Minnetonka: Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, and Tonka Bay. As the area has a median income well over $100,000, it seems as though the richest are also the most shitfaced. White Bear Lake came in a close second, with 167 DWIs per 100,000 people, compared with South Lake Minnetonka's 177.
Edina was third with 96, and it tapers off pretty quickly from there.
Here's a look at the drunkest drivers by county, which gives a better picture of the rural standings.
Winona takes the crown here, although the police force out at the Red Lake reservation gave out 27 DWIs to a population of only 1,731 for an off-the-charts 1,560 DWIs per 100,000 people. Though a sovereign nation, Red Lake is technically in Beltrami County, which came in second.
Take these totals with a grain of salt, because we didn't count numbers from state troopers, since their territories span multiple counties.
The drunkest driver busted over the holidays was in Freeborn County, where a woman got hammered enough to pass out in a state trooper's driveway and blow a .45.
Don't be that gal. And if you do, at least be smart enough to pass out in the driveway of a liquor store employee.
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