Troopers step up DWI enforcement

Drunk drivers beware.  The Highway Patrol is again stepping up drunk driving enforcement efforts. It's part of the national "Drunk Driving.  Over the Limit. Under Arrest." crackdown that runs from now through mid-September.

Here's what you can expect from the patrol — numerous sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in the next 18 days. The checkpoints and saturation patrols are scheduled statewide.

"The goal of the increased effort is to keep our roads fatality-free," said Col. Dan Mosteller, South Dakota Highway Patrol Superintendent. "We're telling South Dakotans we are going to be out in force. We hope this will encourage people to find a sober driver. And if it doesn't, we'll be there to take them off the road."

Last year in South Dakota, more than 11,000 people were arrested for driving under the influence.  The average cost of a first time drunk driving conviction in South Dakota is $4,000.

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