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This is the records summary for Dec. 2.

Fire on wheels PAYNESVILLE — A camper/trailer that was being pulled by a vehicle Sunday afternoon caught fire as it was traveling the Tri-County road near Paynesville.

The incident was reported at around 1 p.m. on Tri-County Road Northeast and 135th Avenue Northeast.

According to the preliminary report, the wheels and axle apparently started on fire, which spread to the camper/trailer, which had to be towed from the scene. The Paynesville Fire Department responded to the fire.

Accident ALBANY — Nicholas Charles Alley, 18, of Avon was injured Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident in Albany Township. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department, Alley lost control of the 2004 Ford F150 pickup he was driving on a township road. The truck rolled multiple times and came to rest on the roof. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. The accident is still under investigation.

ATWATER — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one-vehicle crash at 7 a.m. Sunday at 30th Avenue Northeast and 191st Street Northeast. No other information was available.

Area law enforcement steps up DWI watch through holidays WILLMAR — Local law enforcement agencies in Kandiyohi and Swift counties will have extra officers on patrol through Dec. 28 to prevent drunk driving.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating the enforcement effort that includes the Kandiyohi County and Swift County sheriff’s departments and police departments from Willmar, Atwater and Benson.

“This time of the year is a time for family and friends to come together, not a time to be torn apart by a preventable crash,” says Chief Dave Wyffels of the Willmar Police Department. “Make safe decisions behind the wheel to avoid a tragedy or suffer the consequences.”

During the past three years, 336 people were killed in Minnesota drunk driving crashes.

Each year in the state, around 30,000 people are arrested for DWI.

Locally, 298 people were arrested for DWI in Kandiyohi and Swift counties last year.

Consequences of a DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands 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 include:

- Plan for a sober 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.