Minnesota DWI deaths down

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — As a statewide DWI crackdown continues in Minnesota, we’re learning progress is being made in the battle against drunk driving.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says 104 drivers were killed because of drunk driving in 2012.

It’s down from 111 in 2011 and there were 100 fewer drunken driving deaths from a decade ago.

So what’s helping keep numbers down?

Law enforcement tells us they’re able to get important information out to more people.

“We’re able to get out the information a lot easier to a lot wider group of people and we’re affecting more people as we do that,” Trooper Thomas Wright of the Minnesota State Patrol said. “We’re able to tell people what’s involved with drinking and driving, why it’s so dangerous, why we need to make better decisions about it.”

While the number of deaths is down, wright tells us they need to keep working to educate, so they can save even more people on the roads.

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