Many Minnesota residents have either personally or likely know someone who has been arrested or convicted of a DWI. It can happen to almost anyone. Say, for example, you're at a friend's house for a barbeque. Within the span of three hours, you may have two to three beers as you eat dinner and hang out.
Pop star Justin Bieber's DWI mug shot has been all over the media for the past several days. In the mug shot, Bieber appears smiling and not the least bit concerned over his DWI charge. Perhaps that's because Bieber can easily afford the fines and fees that go along with a conviction.
A drunk driving conviction can change a person's life. Without a driver's license, a Minneapolis resident may lose their job or miss out on future opportunities because the drunk driving conviction is on their record. However, aside from impacting their livelihood, the consequences from a driving while intoxicated conviction can also end up negatively impacting their family and their reputation.
Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson is in yet another legal matter after being arrested early one Saturday morning on suspicion of drunk driving. He was arrested in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has periodic enhanced drunk driving enforcement crackdowns in the Twin Cities area. For drivers in the area, this means that during a scheduled crackdown they can expect to see more police officers than normal out on patrol. These officers are specifically targeting those drivers who are believed to be impaired.