MN reports lowest alcohol-related deaths on record
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported that the 131 alcohol-related motor vehicle crash fatalities last year were the state’s lowest on record. The figures from 2010 represent a 21 percent drop from 166 fatalities five years ago. Experts point to several reasons for the reductions including: improved enforcement, educational outreach and increased use of safe transportation alternatives. Minnesota has also implemented new sanctions this past July requiring repeat offenders and high-BAC offenders to use an ignition interlock device for a year or have their driving privileges suspended. These measures are likely to help reduce impaired driving in the state.