The word is out that law enforcement officials in Minnesota will be out cracking down on suspected drunk drivers over the upcoming holiday weekend. Though the police seem to constantly be in the midst of a crackdown, the tremendous show of force expected to be on display this weekend will be especially severe this year as authorities try to hold onto a record for a fifth year of no drunk driving-related deaths on New Year’s Eve.
Over the past 10 years the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said that there have been eight deaths due to drunk driving on New Year’s Eve, however, over the previous four years, that number has remained consistently at zero. Though fatal accidents have been nonexistent, the data showed that over the past four years there have been eight accidents that resulted in serious injuries that were tied to drunk drivers.
Though Minnesota has seen relatively few deaths over the holiday weekend, AAA says that New Year’s Day is officially the deadliest day for drunk driving accidents across the country. New Year’s Day officially begins once the clock strikes midnight as revelers leave the bars and begin making their way home. The organization said that half of the fatal crashes that take place on New Year’s Day involve a driver that was intoxicated. The second deadliest day of the year is the Fourth of July followed by St. Patrick’s Day.
To combat the danger presented by alcohol-fueled New Year’s festivities, cops across Minnesota will be out in force looking for those suspected of intoxicated driving. Between 2007 and 2010 there were 1,477 DWI arrests made on New Year’s Eve, leading to a statewide average of 295 arrests per year. This year will be no exception and police departments across the state have said they intend to increase manpower on New Year’s Eve to aggressively enforce the state’s already strict drunk driving laws.
This promise of aggressive enforcement means that nearly three hundred people could face the life changing reality of what happens after a DWI conviction. First, the emotional toll can be great given stress from family members and friends. Second, the financial cost is staggering and something many families can scarcely afford. Someone convicted of drunk driving in Minnesota should be prepared to pay not only an attorney, but also court costs, hopefully bail, fines related to their conviction, high transportation costs (including a cab or public transit) to get around without a license as well as dramatically increased insurance premiums. Another possible cost is the money associated with either taking time off of work or even losing a job due to a DWI conviction. When all is said and done the final tally for even a first time conviction in Minnesota can top $10,000. That’s a lot to lose and is exactly why it’s so important to have an experienced Minnesota DWI attorney on your side in the event that you run into trouble with the law.
Source: “Minnesota goes for fifth straight year of zero drunk driving-related deaths on New Year’s Eve,” by, published at CommunityNewsCorp.com.