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Renville's Officer Best honored for DWI enforcement

ST. PAUL -- The state's top DWI enforcers were announced Monday night during the Minnesota Twins pre-game festivities at Target Field.

The squad of 31 law enforcement officers and prosecutors is led by Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Mark Hibbard who made 241 arrests in 2011 for driving while impaired.

This is the fifth DWI Enforcer All-Star squad, presented by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. The all-stars are selected for outstanding service in enforcement and in prosecution of impaired driving.

The Greater Minnesota All-Star squad includes Renville Police Officer Doug Best.

Several of the officers present on the field Monday will be on the roads this weekend during added DWI enforcement. Increased patrols will roll in the state's 13 counties that accounted for nearly half of the state's alcohol-related deaths -- 202 -- and half of the state's serious injuries -- 462 -- during the years of 2008 to 2010. The top-ranked counties for alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries: Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, St. Louis, Dakota, Wright, Olmsted, Rice, Washington, Stearns, Sherburne, Scott and Carver.

"These are just a few of the hundreds of law enforcement officers in Minnesota who are committed to arresting drunk drivers to ensure motorists make it home safely," says Donna Berger, director of the Office of Traffic Safety.

Last year in Minnesota, alcohol-impaired crashes (crashes involving drivers or pedestrians with an 0.08 alcohol-concentration or higher) accounted for 111 deaths -- 30 percent of the state's total traffic deaths. In 2011, 29,257 motorists were arrested for DWI.

Staff reports