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​Plan for Sober Rides This Holiday Season

Photo of a person wearing handcuffs.Line up a sober ride for the Thanksgiving holiday. You’ll be thankful you did.

Extra DWI enforcement is out now and weekends through December.

If you don’t plan on drinking, speak up and offer to be a sober ride for your friends or family.

Choices to drive drunk have contributed to 27 deaths on Minnesota roads from the day before Thanksgiving through Dec. 30 in the last five years, according to preliminary numbers.

Learn more about planning for a safe ride and details about the extra enforcement in this news release.

​Don’t Let Your Holidays Go Up in Smoke

Photo of a woman cooking on a stovetop.Residential fires peak in Minnesota between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

That’s because the three leading causes of home fires in Minnesota — cooking, heating and candles — are all holiday staples.

There are some simple steps you can take to make to make sure a fire doesn’t destroy your holiday season:

-Stay in the kitchen while you have items cooking on the stove.

-Never leave a space heater unattended or leave it on while you’re sleeping.

-Using candles for decorations? Try the flameless variety instead. They’re safer.

​Good Samaritan, Minnesota Trooper Help Save Choking Baby

Photo of a state trooper, Kristin and Elise Lonsbury, and a nurse.
When an infant chokes, it’s scary. When it happens in a car on the freeway, it’s downright terrifying.

Kristin Lonsbury found herself in that situation Sept. 14 on Interstate 394. Her daughter Elise, who was 6 weeks old at the time, had lost consciousness after choking. Fortunately, a nurse on her way to work and a state trooper happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Learn how the trooper and Good Samaritan helped give the potentially tragic story a happy ending in the latest DPS blog post.

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Video Description: A Twin Cities mother says her daughter would not be alive today if not for the heroic actions of a Good Samaritan and a Minnesota State Patrol Trooper.