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Updated: 08/26/2013 5:22 PM
Created: 08/26/2013 11:50 AM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

Minn. Report: 104 Drunken-Driving Deaths Last Year


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State traffic-safety officials have released a report on drunken driving that says 104 people died last year and more than 28,000 people were arrested in alcohol-related traffic incidents.
    
The state Department of Public Safety said Monday the drunken-driving deaths in 2012 represent a slight decrease from the 111 deaths the previous year.
    
There were a total of 395 traffic fatalities last year, of which 26 percent involved drunken drivers.
    
The number of drunken-driving arrests continues a declining trend since 2008, but still average 78 per day. Of those arrested, almost 11,500, or 40 percent, had at least one prior DWI.
    
Three-fourths of the people arrested were male, and two in five were people in their 20s.
    
First-time offenders had an average blood-alcohol content of about 0.15 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Last weekend alone, there were 355 DWI arrests in Minnesota, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

Top Counties for DWI Convictions

  1. Clearwater (95 percent)
  2. Hubbard (94 percent)
  3. Marshall (94 percent)
  4. Watonwan (94 percent)
  5. Wilkin (93 percent)

Counties With Lowest DWI Convictions

  1. Washington (62 percent)
  2. Steele (67 percent)
  3. Dakota (68 percent)
  4. Hennepin (69 percent)
  5. Fillmore (70 percent)

More Report Findings:

  • 74 percent of drinking drivers killed were not wearing seat belts.
  • One in 16 of the arrests were motorists under age 21.
  • Motorists ages 20 to 29 represented 42 percent of the arrests.
  • One in seven current Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record (584,529); one in 16 has two or more DWIs.
  • 1,292 Minnesotans have 10 or more DWIs.
  • 39 percent of those who incur one DWI violation will incur a second within 15 years of their first arrest.
  • The average alcohol concentration among first-time offenders was 0.148, for repeat offenders the level was 0.164.
  • 2,644 people suffered injuries in alcohol-related crashes.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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