For Minnesota motorists, DWI offenses already carry significant penalties. Even first-time offenders facing misdemeanor charges could wind up with a license suspension, a major fine and even jail time. Like all other states, Minnesota sets the drunk driving threshold at a blood alcohol count of .08 percent. However, a study is recommending a lowered limit, arguing that it will cut down on fatal accidents.
Country music artist Michael Ray shot to fame in Minnesota when his ballad 'Kiss You in the Morning" climbed to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2015. However, the 29-year-old entertainer's wholesome reputation suffered a blow on Dec. 20 when he was taken into custody on drunk driving and drug possession charges. Police in Florida say that Ray was impaired by alcohol when his Jeep SUV struck the rear of another vehicle at a fast-food drive-thru.
Government agencies and community organizations throughout Minnesota have worked to provide advocacy and education on the dangers of driving while intoxicated. At the end of the day, however, every motorist has the responsibility to decide if they are impaired to the point where they should not get behind the wheel.
Albert Lea police officers took nine people into custody during an anti-DUI campaign held in Freeborn County between Aug. 18 and Sept. 1. Over 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies took part in the initiative.
Many people in Minneapolis are aware that drinking and driving are a dangerous combination. That knowledge is not preventing some of them from receiving DUI charges. According to the Startribune.com, for every seven drivers on the road, one of them has a DUI on their record. Many of those drivers are women. The number of DUI-related arrests for women has increased throughout the years, while the number of male-related offenders has declined. Any woman who decides to drink socially and drive should learn how DUIs can affect her future.
It's Friday night. The party died down in the wee hours of the morning and you set out for home in your car. It's been a few hours since you've consumed any alcohol and you don't feel intoxicated. As you cruise down the highway, thinking about the admirer you just met, red and blue lights flash brightly in your review mirror. Your heart leaps into your throat but you pull over to the side.
In late December 2015, the Minnesota Court of Appeals determined that the state cannot prosecute motorists for refusing to submit to warrantless urine tests. The decision is in accordance with the Fourth Amendment principles. The practice is deemed a "search," and unless the suspect provides voluntary consent, a warrant is required for urine testing.
Thanksgiving is done, but we still have a few other holidays in sight. Besides friends and family, nothing is more warming during the winter freeze than peppermint schnapps, hot cider or eggnog with a little bourbon. However, if you decide to get your jolly "buzz" on during this holiday season, please be careful. According to the Pioneer Press, over 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will be working long hours to crack down on drunk driving during the next few weeks.
Did you know that the state of Minnesota recently stiffened penalties for mid-level drunk driving offenses?