Mankato police roll out new anti-DWI truck thanks to a drunk driver

The Mankato Department of Public Safety rolled out a new visual tool Thursday night to in its work combating drunk-driving.

A 2014 pickup truck that Todd Miller, Mankato Director of Public Safety says will remind residents of the consequences of drunk driving.

“We think so. The vehicle was provided courtesy of a drunk driver. We want people to know that your vehicle can be forefitted if you drink and drive. This should be a visual reminder. It’s going to work exclusively in the downtown area. And so we want people to know, don’t drink and drive. There’s other options.”

Approximately 10 years ago, three young adults were killed in an alcohol related incident and the city has been addressing issues of the consumption of alcohol, alcohol licensing, and alcohol enforcement ever since.

“Well I’ve think we’ve done real well, because our community has grown just in the last 10 or 12 years. There’s some thousand college students in our community at any given time during the school year. And although our community has grown, our crime has stayed the same. So it’s a safe community. But we need to do better.”

Mankato Department of Public Safety has teamed up with partners in the downtown and Minnesota State University to do something about the issue.

“What we’ve done is put two full-time officers down there. And they’ll be assisted by part-time officers and reserve officers. So at any given night you’ll see six to eight officers on foot patrol in the downtown area. And so we’ll need to see how that works. This is just a new program that has started.”

There have been 48 sexual assaults in Mankato in 2015 through the middle of Augusts. There have also been 292 people sent to detox so far this year. The average downtown Blood Alcohol Content is over point-25.

Edited for web by Anthony Reinhardt

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