Otter Tail County Remains Among the Dangerous Counties In MN For Drunk Driving

Otter Tail County Remains Among the Dangerous Counties In MN For Drunk Driving Click to Enlarge

UNDATED--Otter Tail County remains in the top 13 most dangerous counties for drunk driving in Minnesota. Consequently, more law enforcement officers will be on DWI patrol in Otter Tail and the other 12 counties from now through the summer.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says more people have died in drunk driving-related crashes and suffered alcohol-related serious injuries in the designated 13 counties than in other Minnesota counties.

In fact, from 2012 to 2016, 183 people died in drunk driving-related crashes in those 13 counties, as opposed to 432 statewide. Similarly, 768 people were seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes in the unlucky 13, compared to 1,382 statewide.

As one might expect, many of the counties comprise the metro area, but some of them are more far-flung, like Otter Tail, Cass and Crow Wing. No matter where they are, though, law enforcement officers in those counties are providing extra patrols to get drunk drivers off the roads through September of this year. The top 13 most dangerous drunk driving counties based on 2012 – 2016 figures are:

Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Dakota, St. Louis, Washington, Stearns, Wright, Otter Tail, Olmsted, Cass, Scott and Crow Wing

The DPS says whether you live in one of these 13 counties or not, it’s always important to plan a sober ride if you plan to go out. After all, a first-time DWI can cost you an average of $10,000, or you could cause a crash that results in serious injury or death for you or someone else.

Officials say designate a driver, call a cab or ride share service, use public transportation, or stay at the location of the party. And make sure you speak up: offer to be a designated driver, and if you see someone who’s impaired about to get behind the wheel, find them a safe ride home. Similarly, if you witness impaired driving behavior out on the road, call 911 and report it (be prepared to give the location, license plate number, and the behavior you observed). And don’t forget to buckle up: It’s the best defense against a drunk driver.

Sometimes “unlucky” things like spilling salt or walking underneath a ladder are inevitable—but you can definitely avoid the unlucky situation of drunk driving.

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