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Minnesota: Drinking and driving is a serious concern

Being accused of drunk driving is a serious matter; you could lose your job or ability to drive, have your home life disrupted or even face time in prison. It's important to defend yourself when you're stopped and accused, because not all accusations are legal. Minnesota is known for drunk drivers, but that doesn't mean you should resign yourself to a conviction. Taking steps to defend yourself can help you protect your livelihood.

What might be a startling statistic is that if each person who was convicted of drunk driving in Minnesota lost his or her job, the unemployment rate would be close to 15 percent. That's an extreme number of people out of a job just considering how many people have been caught drunk driving and not considering those who have not been. Why are so many people in Minnesota driving drunk?

The reasons people drink are their own, but the reason more people aren't being banned from driving comes down to the way Minnesota treats drivers arrested for drunk driving. While each situation is different, employers might not fire someone who is making an effort to attend alcohol cessation groups or paying down a monetary fine for the crime.

Minnesota has a serious drinking problem, and it's been shown that around one in seven drivers have a DWI on their records. Who drives drunk most often? Accidents seem to involve men most often, with over half of all accidents being caused by men between the ages of 20 and 24. In August, expect the most drunk drivers to be arrested. December is when the least are arrested.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio, "Why are you driving drunk, Minnesota?," Oct. 19, 2016

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