In the fight against drunken driving -- miles to go

  • Article by: Nancy Barnes , Star Tribune Editor
  • Updated: January 24, 2010 - 12:38 PM

A team of Star Tribune reporters is taking a fresh look at an issue that still alarms.

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stickmanJan. 17, 10 4:55 AM

I guess I'm supposed to feel better since the driver wasn't drinking...the driver was flapping jaws on a cell phone...

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mstefferJan. 17, 10 1:31 PM

One reason there are so many DWI arrests is that they lowered the limit to .08 a few years back, along with increased enforcement. I'm all for getting drunks off the road, as long as they are drunk, but it's crazy when a person can't even go out and have a couple of drinks without being close the the limit. It seems like DWIs are more about money that public safety anyway. Start arresting people who drive like idiots. Some are texting, talking on a cell without watching the road, or tailgating, speeding etc.

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reader15Jan. 18, 1011:03 AM

If we can put small-time drug offenders away with minimum mandatory prison sentences why not drunk drivers? Oh yeah, demographics. Soccer moms, newspaper reporters, bankers and college graduates get DWIs but they don't sell drugs. I can stay out of bad neighborhoods and places where drug users hang out but unfortunately drunk drivers can drive where I do.

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g610125Jan. 18, 1011:16 AM

Of course the situation described is unacceptable and that guy should go away for a long time. The current policy however seems aimed at getting as many people into the system as possible. Social workers, lawyers, treatment facility employees are all swarming over this um… opportunity. Our government is perhaps too responsive to organized pressure groups.

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trotsky77Jan. 24, 10 9:41 AM

People with addictions will likely not consider possible consequences of their actions. Addictions are an illness and should be treated as such. If the real goal we have here is to prevent repeat offenders, then more money needs to go into alcohol treatment programs for people who need this help. However, a frustrating thing about these programs is that they work for only people who want the help. Often times people with addictions do have to hit rock bottom before wanting any sort of help. That is where fines and jail time may help, but the primary focus really needs to shift to the treatment of the illness if we really want to help the situation.

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nkuhlmanJan. 24, 10 9:46 AM

meh.

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amazingmanJan. 24, 1010:41 AM

No such animal. Help me! Help me! I'm addicted to food! Next, you'll be telling us that the Chiropractic is a "science."

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ecurbrellimJan. 24, 1011:44 AM

IF. Would have, could have, but not for this, it would not have happened. Get over it. Crap happens. Sometime you can avoid it, other times, you can't. In any accident, it takes two persons to make it happen. It is Natures way of weeding out the stupid.

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HooplaJan. 24, 10 2:25 PM

That's why the State Patrol stopped calling them "accidents". They are called "crashes" now because data has shown less than 10% of all the crashes are truly accidents. Accidents indicate the situation was unavoidable, whereas crashes are caused by an actual articulable factor, like alcohol consumption.

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richard47Jan. 25, 10 3:09 AM

We're down to less than 200 deaths/year where an involved driver has any indication of alcohol. How mjuch more money can we put into this? We've basically WON. Total up the deaths from motorcycles, ATV's and snowmobiles and it's basically the same as alcohol related motor vehicle accidents. This article is timed with the start of the Minnesota legislature, where new DUI laws a yearly ceremony. The sky; it ain't falling anymore.

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