OHS grad honored by MN Twins
Adam Connor was named to the 2013 MN Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety DWI Enforcer All-Star team for his efforts to prevent alcohol-related crashes.
Connor (son of Lori & John Connor) was among 37 law enforcement representatives and prosecutors on the DWI Enforcer All-Star team from the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. Connor, who works in the Lyon County Sheriff’s, is credited with 16 DWI arrests in 2013. The officers were honored July 25 before a game at Target Field.
Extra enforcement and education efforts have helped Minnesota reduce drunk driving deaths in recent years, still, alcohol-related crashes caused 117 deaths in 2013. These fatalities represent 30 percent of the state’s total traffic deaths. Nearly 26,000 motorists were arrested for DWI last year.
“Our goal as law enforcement officers is to do everything we can to make this great state a safer place for everyone – taking drunk drivers off the roads is one of the ways we’re accomplishing that goal,” said Connor. “It is an honor to be recognized as one of this year’s DWI Enforcer All-Stars.” He urges Minnesotans to always plan ahead for a safe and sober ride home to avoid driving drunk and putting lives at risk.
A DWI offense can result in loss of a license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time. Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.
Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving
- Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
- Offer to be a designated driver or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
- Buckle up — the best defense against a drunk driver.
- Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.