Officer Jeff Burbank, of the Red Wing Police Department, was named to the 2013 Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety DWI Enforcer All-Star team for his efforts to prevent alcohol-related crashes and resulting tragedies. Officer Burbank arrested 47 drunk drivers in 2012.
The All-Stars are sponsored by AAA Minneapolis.
Officer Burbank, a four year veteran of the agency, was named among 34 law enforcement representatives and prosecutors from the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. This is the first time Officer Burbank has been named a DWI Enforcer All-Star.
All-Stars were selected based on their total number of DWI arrests made in 2012. This is the sixth year DPS has recognized law enforcement for exceptional DWI enforcement efforts. The all-stars were presented during pre-game festivities at Target Field on June 27.
“Officer Burbank’s effort to arrest drunk drivers goes a long way toward keeping our roads safe and we are proud of his service,” says Chief Pohlman. “Drunk driving is responsible for several preventable deaths and severe injuries each year in Minnesota. Enforcing the law and educating the public is key to stopping this preventable, illegal behavior and its life-altering consequences.”
Extra enforcement and education efforts have helped Minnesota reduce drunk driving deaths in recent years, still, these incidents resulted in 104 deaths in 2012 — representing 26 percent of the state’s total traffic deaths. More than 28,000 motorists were arrested for DWI in 2012. A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.
“Our goal as law enforcement officers is to do everything we can to make this great state a safer place for everyone—taking drunk drivers off the roads is one of the ways we can accomplish that.” says Officer Burbank. “It is an honor to be recognized as one of this year’s DWI Enforcer All-Stars.” He urges Minnesotans to always plan ahead for a safe and sober ride home to avoid driving drunk and putting lives at risk.