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Additional DWI enforcement

MARSHALL -- Law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota will increase patrols to combat impaired driving throughout December.

The effort will include seat belt patrols because 75 percent of impaired drivers killed are also not belted, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety stated.

The primary seat belt law means everyone in a vehicle must wear a seat belt. Drivers and passengers will be ticketed for belt violations.

Alcohol-related crashes account for more than one-third of all traffic deaths. In 2009, Minnesota had 141 alcohol-related deaths, a record low ascribed to enhanced DWI enforcement and educational outreach. The alcohol-related deaths accounted for more than one-third of all traffic deaths.

Safe alternatives to avoid drinking and driving include cabs, designated drivers or spending the night at the location of the celebration.