Drunk driving is dangerous, and there’s no question that it’s against the law. When you’re stopped for driving under the influence, you’re facing serious scrutiny for a reason.
There were 115 drunk driving fatalities, making up .28 percent of all traffic deaths in Minnesota according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s 2017 website. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2015. In total, there were 20,830 DUI arrests and 3,856 refusals in 2016. With so many arrests taking place, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone. Arrests do not mean convictions, though, which is wise to remember.
Driving drunk doesn’t just cause accidents, injuries and deaths. It costs money. Tax payers subsidize the cost of drunk driving fatalities at a rate of approximately $522 million per year. What may be most shocking is that some people drink and drive multiple times. There were 69,296 third-time offenders recorded in Minnesota in 2016 along with 12,654 fifth-time offenders.
Although there were over 20,000 arrests for DUIs, there were only 3,650 alcohol-related crashes and 2,300 alcohol-related crash injuries. There are not specific statistics for the total number of collisions caused by drunk driving or how many people were released without a conviction after an initial arrest.
Statistics can sometimes be misleading, and as someone who is accused of a serious crime, it’s up to you to begin your defense as soon as possible. Our website has more information on DWIs and what you can do if you’ve been arrested. With the right help, you may be able to reduce your fines, penalties or even have your charges dropped.