Drunk drivers affect victims in states across the country. The epidemic of people drinking and driving does not discriminate based on any factors, whether that means age or geographic area. In Minnesota, this is as true as it is anywhere else in the United States.
Drunk Drivers in Minnesota
In Minnesota, the number of people who report driving after having too much to drink is significantly higher than the national average. Nationwide, this figure is about 1.9 percent of drivers. 2.4 percent of Minnesotans report getting behind the wheel after drinking too much.
In 2015, more than 25,000 Minnesotans were arrested for DWIs. Ninety-five people were killed as a result of drunk driving accidents, as well. This accounts for nearly a quarter of Minnesota’s fatal car accidents. 411 people were killed in all types of car accidents in Minnesota. About 2,200 other people were injured in accidents involving drunk drivers in Minnesota.
Laws to deter drunk drivers that are in effect across the United States are at work in Minnesota. The most obvious deterrent for drunk driving from a legal standpoint is the nationwide law that it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of over .08 percent. There are also devices such as ignition interlocks that test a driver’s BAC before they are able to start their vehicle. This is installed in the cars of people who are convicted of a DWI, and are found to stop individuals from continuing to drive drunk after their conviction.
One difference that Minnesota has from other states is their lack of sobriety checkpoints. A sobriety checkpoint is a location where police officers can stop drivers to see if they have had too much to drink. Police are able to stop whatever car they would like to stop at these checkpoints. If a person is suspected of drunk driving, they may have to take a breath test if the police officer determines it is necessary.
In Minnesota, these checkpoints are not allowed. This takes away one significant safeguard that law enforcement has against drunk driving. Even one fewer way to combat drunk driving can affect the roads and drivers of Minnesota.
What Should I Do If I Am a Victim of a Drunk Driving in Minnesota?
Living through the aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be challenging. With the trauma of the accident, victims can often expect to have some amount of medical bills for which they are responsible. In some cases, the injuries are so severe that the victim will be unable to return to work for a while after the accident.
If you have been a victim or a loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident, call JD Haas and Associates today. With a combined 50 years of experience, our experienced attorney can help you get the compensation that you deserve after your accident. Do not wait another day to start getting your life back on track. Call (952) 345-1025 to learn what your next steps could be.