A drunk driving conviction is certainly not on the list of resolutions for most. As New Year’s Eve approaches, many in Minneapolis are planning out their festive outfits, and maybe even envision kissing someone special at midnight. Most do not envision spending the night in jail, but lack of discretion could see that become a reality. It is no secret that significant amounts of alcohol are consumed at New Year’s celebrations. Accordingly, Minnesota State Patrol will be on high alert for drunk drivers and seatbelt safety.

In the last 3 years in Minnesota, there were 7,497 drunk driving arrests statewide throughout the course of Dec. A significant portion of those arrests occurred in connection to New Year’s celebrations. Some of these arrests and charges resulted in convictions that carried penalties including loss of license for up to a year, heavy fines, insurance increases and even jail time in some instances.