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Whether people are heading up to the cabin or to the local carnival, the 4th of July weekend is a busy and dangerous time to be on the road.
Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha said, “we do know that the Minnesota state patrol arrested 560 plus DWI offenders from Wednesday through the holiday weekend.”
While that number may seem high, troopers say that’s actually close to what they saw last year.
Sgt. Sticha believes that their efforts to increase patrols over holiday weekends has people listening to officials and cutting back on drinking and driving.
“I think that when we see 560 DWI’s it means a number of things, it means that our law enforcement takes it very seriously no matter where you are or who you are in the state we will not tolerate impaired driving among our families,” Sgt. Sticha said.
Law enforcement in north Iowa also saw more people on the roads, which impacted the turnout at many Independence Day events
“We had a busy 4th of July since the 4th of July fell close to the weekend,” Clear Lake Lt. Debra Ryg said.
Clear Lake was the host to tens of thousands of people this weekend but despite the big crowds, law enforcement says the weekend turned out to be pretty tame.
“We had a couple of OWIs, had some fights, most of the stuff revolved around the carnival. Had a couple of golf carts stolen, one of the golf carts ended up in the lake,” Ryg said.
Holiday weekends often come with an increase in crime and alcohol related incidences so local officials were just prepared for the worst.
Now the focus is on the future and what will hopefully be a repeat of this patriotic celebration next year.