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Injury crashes down, DWIs up in county

Drivers in Dakota County last year had fewer crashes resulting in fewer injuries. The number of people charged with distracted driving was also down in 2012.

However, the number of driving while impaired arrests was up significantly from the previous year.

These numbers were among some of the preliminary statistics for 2012 released last week by the Dakota County Sheriff's office.

The patrol division of the office handled 235 crashes in 2012, down 10 percent from 2011. The number of crashes with personal injuries was down about seven percent. Deputies were called to 27 crashes in which distracted driving was indicated, a 42 percent decrease from the previous year.

Deputies made 202 DWI arrests in 2012, an increase of nearly 25 percent from 2011.

In the detention area of the jail, the average daily population was 280 inmates, compared to 257 in 2011, or an increase of 9 percent.

The jail boarded 34 inmates per day in other detention facilities. The majority were female inmates who are held in the Ramsey County workhouse.

The food vendor for the jail, Aviands, served more than 265,000 meals at a cost of $1.33 per meal. In 2013, the cost of the meal will decrease to $1.15.

In the investigative division investigators handled 203 Part 1 offenses (the more serious) in 2012, compared to 173 in 2011.

The final numbers for December are not recorded, but the civil division deputies are expecting to have a significant decrease in the number of home foreclosures for the year. The division is expected to have handled 1,423 foreclosures, compared to 1,985 in 2011.

For the year, the department processed 2,814 permit to carry applications, compared to 1,697 in 2011.