This morning Officer Chad Streiff received a Top Enforcer Award from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) at its Statewide Recognition Award Ceremony. Officer Streiff received the award for the high number of DWI arrests, 76 people, he made in 2016. In total, 255 people were arrested in Eden Prairie for DWI in 2016.
Although DWI arrest numbers in Eden Prairie have slowly declined over time, drunk driving continues to be an issue in our community and others. According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, in 2015 there were 107 impaired-related traffic deaths statewide, which accounted for 25% of all traffic deaths. More than 600,000 licensed drivers in Minnesota have been arrested for DWI, which translates to one in nine persons.
In Eden Prairie we remain committed to preventing drunk driving in our community and appreciate the efforts of Officer Streiff, and all of our officers, in getting drunk drivers off of our streets.