The Department of Public Safety recently released DWI statistics showing that one in ten residents of Kandiyohi County has a record of driving while impaired. The statistics released by the DPS were calculated using the number of DWI incidents divided by the estimated number of the entire population in 2010 conducted by U.S. Census Bureau (not just the number of people who know how to drive).
According to statistics, the average number of people with DWI incidents in the entire state is 10.5%. The Kandiyohi Country has a 10.8% DWI rate; 10.8% in Meeker County; 11% in Chippewa; 11.8% in Swift County; 12% in Yellow Medicine County and 12.8% in Renville County. The record show that 1 in 7 people in Minnesota have had DWI incidents.
Last year, 215 drunk drivers were arrested in Kandiyohi County. There were 136 people arrested with DWI in Renville County for driving while impaired; 119 drivers arrested in Yellow Medicine County, 94 arrests in Meeker County, 76 arrests in Chippewa County and 37 arrests in Swift County.
Records for the past four years show that the Willmar Police Department and the Office of the Kandiyohi Sheriff on average made a DWI arrest each hour of the day (although the actual arrest didn’t actually happen every hour). There is a much small number of daytime arrests of driving while impaired which stem from a combination of alcohol and drug use (including prescription drugs). The reported abused prescription drugs showing up during the arrests included anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills and sedatives.
In the six county region, 3 out of 13 road deaths in 2010 were alcohol-related. The road fatalities comprised of 4 in Meeker in which 2 were alcohol related; 3 in Swift; 3 in Renville; 2 in Chippewa in which 1 was alcohol-related; and 1 fatality in Kandiyohi County.
The total number of injury crashes recorded in the same region was 458 which includes 35 or 7.6% alcohol-related injury crashes. The number of injury crashes in Kandiyohi was 219 with 8 related to alcohol; 72 with 9 alcohol related crashes in Meeker; 63 with 6 in Renville; 34 with 4 in Yellow Medicine; and 21 with 3 alcohol-related crashes in Swift County.
According to law enforcement officials, the data they used included information from insurance companies. This data is intended to help them determine if the numbers of crashes would be lower if it measured fatal crashes just within 5 miles of towns and cities.
Regardless of the high DWI charge stats whether you’re a first-time DWI offender or a repeat offender, a DWI charge must always be taken very seriously. If you have been charged with DWI in the Twin Cities or any other city in Minnesota, you must contact a well-trained Minnesota DWI Lawyer right away to ensure your rights are properly defended. Respected Minneapolis/St.Paul Criminal Lawyer, Douglas T. Kans, is always ready to provide you with the best possible legal defense for the resolution of your DWI/DUI case. You can contact Kans Law Firm, LLC at (952) 835-6314 for a free case review.