An article in the Star Tribune last week reported that both drunken driving deaths and arrests have decreased in Minnesota. Officials from the Department of Public Safety credit these decreases to various educational campaigns and increased enforcement efforts. Kanabec County has contributed to these statewide efforts through the work of the Safe Roads Coalition and its members.
Reese Frederickson, Assistant Kanabec County Attorney, began tracking DWI pleas in 2010, including information such as what and where individuals were drinking prior to their traffic stop. Reese shares this information with the Safe Roads Coalition, which meets quarterly at the East Central Regional Development Corporation (ECRDC) in Mora. Their mission is to “reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes in Kanabec County.” Together, representatives from law enforcement, healthcare and business review local crash data and work on initiatives to improve passenger safety and reduce drinking and driving.
Fortunately, there were no alcohol related deaths associated with impaired driving in Kanabec County last year. However, there were a total of 110 DWI incidents. The Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office continues to participate in statewide enforcement efforts such as the recent “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign between August 17 and September 3. For more information about this campaign and three tips from Mother’s Against Drunk Driving to keep your family safe, click here.