When you’ve got an enormous downside, focusing assets to unravel it a bit at a time could make sense. Drunk driving – and its ensuing crashes, accidents and deaths – is an issue all around the state of Minnesota. And though regulation enforcement in every of our 87 counties are working onerous to remove it, it is sensible, as a part of the strategy, to take a look at the info and focus DWI patrols on the 15 most harmful drunk driving counties.
From 2014 to 2018, 281 folks died in drunk driving-related crashes in these 15 counties out of 540 statewide. To place it one other manner, 52 p.c of all drunk driving deaths throughout that point interval passed off in simply 17 p.c of Minnesota’s counties. Equally, 982 folks have been severely injured in alcohol-related crashes within the 15 counties out of 1,657 statewide.
The place are these counties? Lots of them comprise the metro space, as one may anticipate. Regardless of the place they’re, although, regulation enforcement officers in these counties are offering further patrols to get drunk drivers off the roads by September of this 12 months. The highest 15 most harmful drunk driving counties based mostly on 2014-2018 figures are:
- St. Louis
- Otter Tail
Whether or not you reside in one in all these 15 counties or not, it is at all times vital to plan a sober trip when you plan to exit. In spite of everything, a first-time DWI can value you a median of $10,000, or you might trigger a crash that leads to severe harm or loss of life for you or another person.
So designate a driver, name a cab or ride-share service, use public transportation, or keep on the location of the occasion. And ensure you communicate up: Supply to be a delegated driver, and when you see somebody who’s impaired about to get behind the wheel, assist them discover a protected trip dwelling. Equally, when you witness impaired driving conduct out on the street, name 911 and report it (be ready to present the situation, license plate quantity, and the conduct you noticed). And remember to buckle up: It is the most effective protection in opposition to a drunk driver.
If we come on the downside of drunk driving a bit at a time, and from each instructions—the driving force facet and the regulation enforcement facet—we’re certain to make a distinction. Thanks for doing all your half.
When you have any questions regarding visitors associated legal guidelines or points in Minnesota, ship your inquiries to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Freeway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You possibly can observe him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or attain him at, email@example.com).