DWI offenses have been steady in the state of Minnesota and this infographic lays the number of alcohol related deaths and auto-collisions involving alcohol. Strong correlations between the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels and deaths are given over the past 20 years.
Current statistics show that inner-city areas are not the leading areas for concern. People in rural Minnesota are abusing alcohol and getting behind the wheel. Alcohol related deaths make up for 1/3 of all traffic deaths. Minnesota has recently implemented a strategy to restrict the automobile usage of DWI offenders.
Started in 2009, breathalyzers have been placed in the cars, requiring the driver to pass a breathe test before starting the ignition. Given the large number of repeat offenders involved in fatal drunk driving accidents, authorities are eager to learn if the plan is having a positive impact. There are ways around the in-car breathe test, so as always, nothing is fool proof.
Benjamin Coffman has been writing, blogging, and active in the legal industry for many years. He has created this infographic for Carolyn Agin Schmidt at Caslw.net