Local Cop Named to 'DUI All-Star Team'
Seth Coburn | Aug 13, 2020 AT 5:16 pm
Officer Darrin Vossen of the St Cloud Police Thursday joined a list of 48 Minnesota Law Enforcement officers named the Minnesota DWI All-Star team.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety recognizes 48 officers, troopers, deputies, and prosecutors as the 13th DWI All-Star team, working together to stop drunk driving across the state.
The All-Stars made 3,170 combined DWI arrests across Minnesota in 2019. Officer Vossen recorded 163 DUI arrests last year.
As drunk driving-related deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries typically increase during the summer months, the team will join law enforcement officers and traffic safety partners across Minnesota during the Extra DWI Enforcement and Awareness Campaign August 14th through September 7th.
Minnesota’s stay-at-home COVID-19 response contributed to less traffic and fewer DWIs compared to a year ago. As of August 10th, there were 13,816 DWI arrests year-to-date compared with 16,881 arrests at this time last year. Unfortunately, after the drop in March and April, arrest rates are climbing. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinates the campaign and the funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.