It is illegal to Text & Drive
Even stopped in traffic
or at stoplights
ALCOHOL ABUSE COST MINNESOTANS MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS AND OVER A THOUSAND LIVES EACH YEAR
The results of alcohol abuse touch all of us in many ways. The most heart wrenching is through death and injury. These come from DWI traffic crashes, violent assaults while under the influence, alcoholic liver and kidney failure, and domestic assault. Alcohol abuse is treatable, but it is costly and becoming less available. Minnesota use to be the treatment state. We set the model for treatment and also for Sobriety high schools. The model is still there but the availability for those in need has become limited. Prevention is cost effective, but hard to find money for important programs. Money needs to be appropriated to address the abuse and addiction BEFORE it ends up with death and injury. One way to obtain those funds is to increase the state tax on alcohol (it hasn’t been raised since 1987) In 1987, the alcohol tax as a percentage of alcohol sales was 5.47%, in 2010 it was 2.79%.
THE TOP WAYS ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ADDICTION HARM OUR STATE
WHAT WOULD $75 MILLION (about 7cents a drink) IN NEW MONEY DO TO DECREASE THE COST OF THE ABUSE OF ALCOHOL IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA?
With that money Minnesota could…..
This new tax money will fund the programs listed above and that will help cut down on the abuse of alcohol. With less abuse of alcohol, the state could save close to $600 million of direct costs. We, the tax payers are footing the bill for the results of alcohol abuse. Isn’t a fee of $75 million worth the savings of $600 million? Besides the monetary savings, there will be savings in lives, death and injury, and less suffering by spouses and children when the drunk or drug user in the house is no longer using.
Most alcohol consumers are social drinkers and they probably don’t drink more than 7 drinks a week. That comes out to 49 cents a week or $25.48 a year. That is one nice dinner out, isn’t that worth it for a healthier and safer Minnesota?
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This Minnesota Department of Public Safety video explains how ignition interlocks work and their benefits for road safety.
The mandatory Ignition Interlock law has been in effect for one year now. The following press release “One Year Since Interlock Law: DPS Urges DWI Offenders to Use Device for Sober, Legal Driving” give more information on the law and the benefits to the offenders.
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY NEWS RELEASE
LESS THAN 1 PERCENT OF MINNESOTA DRUNK DRIVERS REOFFEND AFTER USING IGNITION INTERLOCK
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Less than 1 percent of the 10,664 DWI offenders in Minnesota who have used or are currently using ignition interlock have reoffended since the program’s statewide inception in July 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. To date, 3,283 people have graduated from the interlock program—meaning, they used the device for the required period without reoffending. There are currently 7,381 people using ignition interlock in Minnesota.
Ignition interlock devices are connected to a vehicle’s starter. The only way a driver can start the vehicle is by blowing into the device and measuring an alcohol content under 0.02. If the alcohol content is at 0.02 or above, the car will not start and the information will be recorded and later transmitted to the monitoring authority. “Interlock devices are proving to be effective tools that are keeping the vast majority of past DWI offenders from repeating their mistakes,” says Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director. “In turn, this technology is cutting down on impaired driving and creating a safer driving environment for the traveling public.”
As the interlock program continues to limit the amount of DWI reoffenders on Minnesota roads, law enforcement around the state continue a nationwide DWI enforcement crackdown scheduled to run through Labor Day. Law enforcement statewide arrested 425 for DWI during the first weekend of activity (Aug. 16-18), including several at or above an alcohol-concentration level of 0.16, making them eligible for interlock.
Who Is Eligible for Interlock
Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level must use interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to install interlock and use for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.
Based on historical data, officials expect around 21,000 DWI offenders to be eligible for interlock sanctions during a given year. Cost of an interlock is $3-$4 per day. There are 32 states—including Minnesota—that use ignition interlock for first-time DWI offenders.
“Rolling re-tests” require driver to provide a breath sample three to five minutes after starting the vehicle, and randomly thereafter.
In-car cameras record all breath tests. Video and test results are available for DPS to monitor.
Specific hum or “suck back” patterns required when providing breath sample.
Users are required to have the interlock calibrated monthly by a service provider. Service providers will run reports that indicate how many times the vehicle started, number of rolling re-tests, and any test fails (an alcohol-concentration limit of 0.02 or above). Service providers will send reports to DPS for review and to take appropriate action or extend sanctions.
ST. PAUL — Preliminary crash reports indicate at least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads from 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 through 1 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, making it the among the top three deadliest weekends of the year.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reports the deadly start to September follows the state’s safest August since 1944 — there were 30 deaths last month.
The weekend fatalities raised the state’s current death total to 250 up from 238 at this time last year. DPS projects around 415 deaths for the year; there were 395 deaths in 2012.
Sept. 6–9 was among the deadliest weekend periods of the year, joining: April 5–7 (10 deaths); May 31–June 2 (eight); and July 26–28 (seven).
The weekend fatalities include a 20-year-old male motorist hit by a suspected drunk driver in Minneapolis early Monday, Sept. 9. The fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Hennepin, Otter Tail, Renville, St. Louis and Watonwan .
Officials are urging motorists to buckle up, pay attention, drive at safe speeds and drive sober.
Motorcyclist Deaths Continue to Rise
Three of the eight weekend deaths were motorcyclists. To-date in 2013, there have been 53 rider deaths, putting the state on pace for 68 deaths for 2013, up from 55 rider deaths in 2012. The highest number of motorcyclist deaths on record is 1980 when 121 were killed.
DPS officials say there’s no clear indicator for the increase in deaths, but common crash factors are playing a role including rider error and motorist failure to yield the right-of-way.
“It’s time motorcyclists and drivers step up and take action to reduce these tragedies,” says Bill Shaffer of the DPS Motorcycle Safety Center. “Unfortunately preventable mistakes are leading to the spiking death count.”
Key Findings in 2013 Motorcycle Fatal Crashes
Age: 64 percent of the motorcyclists killed were over the age of 45; 19 percent were under 30. Young riders (30 and under) represent a mere one percent of the total driving population, older riders (45 and up) are only seven percent of the total driving population — together these riders represent 20 percent of the total traffic deaths to-date.
Contributing Factors: There have been 50 fatal crashes resulting in the 53 rider deaths. More than half of the fatal crashes involved only the motorcycle; failure to negotiate a curve was cited 19 times. The remaining crashes involved another vehicle, of which failure to yield the right-of-way was cited nine times.
Deer: Six of the fatal crashes involved a collision with a deer, matching 2007, the highest number of deer deaths on record. Fatalities resulting from a collision with a deer are an immerging trend within the last decade. During 2002-2012, 43 motorcyclists have been killed in a crash with a deer, four times more than between 1991-2000 (10 deaths). This year is on pace to be the deadliest with deer and we are just bridging the autumn deer season.
Helmet Use: Helmet use is known in 42 of the 53 rider deaths, of those, 31 were not wearing a helmet; only 12 riders were wearing a helmet.
Location: More than 60 percent of the crashes occurred in a rural area; 28 percent of the crashes occurred in the 7-county metro area. The top six deadliest counties include: Hennepin (6); Goodhue and St. Louis (4 each); Crow Wing, Dakota and Olmsted (3 each).
Motorists — Watch for motorcycles, and always look twice before entering a roadway or changing lanes. Due to the smaller size of motorcycles, their speed and distance is more difficult to judge. Give riders room and check blind spots. Pay attention, drive at safe speeds and drive sober.
Riders — Wear protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, riding gloves, boots, pants, jacket and eye protection. Pay attention to riding, ride at safe speeds and ride sober. DPS advises riders to take safety training courses to hone skills; more information at www.motorcyclesafety.org.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management.
DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center
The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) provides high-quality rider education, training and licensing to prevent motorcycle crashes and the resulting fatalities and injuries. It was created in the early 1980s to address record high motorcyclist fatalities.
The MMSC provides on-cycle and classroom rider training courses, develops awareness campaigns and informational materials, and coordinates third-party skills testing for motorcycle license endorsement through the Basic Rider Course and evening testing at select DVS Exam Stations.
Motorcycle safety is a component of Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), the state’s primary road safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.
Ridership is at record-high levels in Minnesota, with more than 237,000 registered motorcycles and 405,000 licensed operators.
2012 Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts reports 55 rider deaths, a 33 percent increase from 2011 and 14 percent of the total traffic deaths. The first time rider fatalities have gone up since 2008.
MMSC attended the International Rider Education Training System Conference from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17.Motorcycle rider training courses run April through October and are available for new and experienced riders – register at motorcyclesafety.org: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/mmsc/Pages/default.aspx.MMSC added two new courses to their 2013 curriculum, the SMARTrainer Plus Course and the BRC Refresher Course.
More than 7,400 students took a rider training course in 2012 with the MMSC. In the last five years, more than 30,000 students have been trained.
MMSC provides several pieces of motorcycle safety and training collateral, available to order, at no cost. Order materials:https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/mmsc/Pages/default.aspx.
Commissioner Mona Dohman appointed 15 to the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Task Force (MATF) for the 2013-2015 term. To learn more about what MATF does, visit:https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/mmsc/about/Pages/advisory-committee.aspx.
Follow MMSC on Twitter: @MnDPS_MCSafety.
If you’ve ever felt like you’re the only good driver on the road some days, you’re not alone—in fact, surveys show that most people believe they are better, more reliable drivers than the other people on the road at any given time. The average person is involved in a car collision just once every 17 years, but with over 300 million people in the US, that rate can add up pretty quickly. If you’ve ever been involved in a car collision, you know that it can be tough to sort out just who’s to blame. And even if you may feel like the best driver on the road, there’s a good chance that you’re not. When it comes to deciphering who is the best driver, there are some candidates who you know have a higher collision rate than others—for instance, teenagers, due largely to inexperience, have a much higher accident rate than someone in their 30s or 40s. So who is the best driver? Statistically, the answer may be a big surprise to some. The following infographic examines, from a statistical standpoint, who the best driver on the road is. Read on to see whether or not you fit the description!
Traffic safety is why we are Minnesotans for Safe Driving. Most of our members have experienced firsthand what happens when the driving public doesn’t put traffic safety first.
We developed this website to bring “up close and personal” the destroy lives; whether to the victim and their family or the family of the driver who caused the crash.
You'll find recent and many drunk and drugged driving facts to prove why choosing to drive impaired in any way is so dangerous. It will help you understand the workings of the court system, what rights have in the courts, teen and parent issuespending issues and many more informational articles, facts, programs and links to related websites. This site will also inform you about what educational resources MSD has to offer plus training they can provide in Death Notification, and Returning to Work after Bereavement.
MSD has Crash Cars available for events and operates Victim Impact Panels in four different counties. The site also has information and support for those dealing with the trauma of a loved one who was involved in a serious crash.
We hope that after visiting our site, you have learned more about our organization and some very important drunk driving and careless driving facts that will reinforce your commitment to drive “Safe and Sober”.