Did you know that 1/3 of all deaths from car crashes in Minnesota were alcohol-related in 2010? How about that common distractions including phone conversations, texting, adjusting controls, eating or drinking, reading, or drowsy driving were the reasons for 1 in 4 car crashes in Minnesota in 2010?Students at Minnesota School of Business in Elk River learned these statistics, along with many more, as part of an annual event hosted by the college to bring awareness to drunk, drugged and distracted driving prevention.
Here are some of the other facts* students learned:
- 29,918 DWI arrests were made in 2010/
- Alcohol, depressants, dissociative anesthetics, hallucinogens, inhalants, marijuana, narcotics, over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and stimulants can all impair a user’s driving and may be illegal to use while driving.
- In Minnesota, you can actually be arrested if your alcohol concentration is 0.04 or greater while driving—at or above 0.08 ensures getting arrested.
- A DWI can be punishable by 90 days to 4 years in jail and fines from $1,000 to $20,000.
- You can be arrested for DWI even if you are in a parked car.
- Second-time DWI offenders are required to use ignition interlock or have their driving privileges revoked for 1-2 years.
- If you accidentally kill someone while drunk driving you could face charges up to $20,000 and spend 10 years in prison.
- All alcohol-related driving offenses require a $680 driver’s license reinstatement fee, DWI knowledge test, a driver’s license application with fees, and a chemical assessment.
- If you refuse a driving impairment test, you could face a gross misdemeanor and a year in jail.
- Alcohol is still the most common drug used among young people.
Nationally, December is known as Drunk, Drugged, and Distracted Driving Month. For more information about this topic visit the CDC’s website.
*Facts provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety