It should be no surprise to drivers that driving after drinking alcohol is unwise. Yet far too many people continue to make this reckless and senseless choice.

Even worse is the fact that this decision puts far too many innocent people in harm’s way for no good reason.

Drunk driving statistics in Minnesota

According to data from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the state recorded a total of 4,113 crashes in 2019 in which alcohol was a factor. In those crashes, a total of 114 people lost their lives at the hands of drunk drivers.

Throughout the state, law enforcement officials arrested more than 27,000 people for driving while intoxicated in that same year.

Recent crashes highlight the ongoing problem

Two people riding on a motorcycle were struck by a drunk driver in a sport utility vehicle. CBS Minnesota reported that the SUV driver then tried to leave the scene of the crash but was arrested. The motorcyclists were injured but fortunately survived.

According to CDL Life, an impaired trucker managed to wreck his big rig to the point where it caught on fire and even caused damage to nearby businesses. The trucker initially refused to take a breath test but was later tested and found to have a blood alcohol content level of 0.20%, more than twice the legal limit in Minnesota.

Knowing that people continue to drive when drunk highlights the need for those involved or affected by the crashes drunk drivers cause to take action as one means of maintaining awareness of the dangers of this type of behavior.