According to a recent article by MSN Money (MSNMoney.com), the nation’s rate of drunken driving deaths has decreased by 29% from 2004 to 2013 in every state but one- North Dakota. In our great state, it has increased by a staggering 60%! Yes, 60%. In 2013, our state strengthened its drunken driving laws but the statistics haven’t shown any improvement. We rank the highest in the number of DUI arrests per capita in the country at 93.7 per 10,000 residents. Not shockingly, we rate the second highest among drunken driving fatalities at 7.4 per 100,000 residents, which equates to 55 people.
How many years in a row are we going to lead this list before we make a change? We know we can’t change this overnight but every one of us can make an impact. Have you ever heard the saying “power in numbers? It’s because it works! If we all come together to help educate our family, friends, and young ones, we will help lower this number. All it takes is for each person to accept responsibility and take action.
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