This holiday season, we hope you fill yourself with mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and hearty porters. We also want you to make a plan to make it home, no matter what.
The holiday season, especially the day before Thanksgiving, is a high time for drinking and driving. For your safety and the safety of all your loved ones on the road, start thinking about your designated drivers now.
Make a plan to make it home.
23% of traffic fatalities in Minnesota are related to drunk driving.
This number is going down over time, but we won’t have achieved our goal for safe driving until that number is zero. Take charge of your safe driving, and encourage your friends to do the same.
5% of DWIs were issued to drivers less than 21 years of age.
Talk to your kids about drinking and driving. A healthy conversation about underage drinking can make all the difference.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety 2015 report:
- In 2015, drunk driving-related deaths were 23 percent of all traffic fatalities. The 5-year average is 24 percent.
- Alcohol-related injuries were 7 percent of all traffic injuries last year. The 5-year average is 8 percent.
- 411 people died in traffic crashes in Minnesota and 95 (23%) were in crashes involving drunk drivers.
- 2,203 people suffered injuries in alcohol-related crashes.
- 25,027 motorists were arrested for DWIs, an average of 69 DWIs per day.
- 1,274 (5%) of the DWIs were issued to drivers less than 21 years of age.
- Nearly half (49%) of DWI arrests are on the weekend (Saturdays and Sundays).