Minnesota DUI Attorney Speaks Out On Nationwide Study Showing Minnesota One of the Five Worst States For Drinking and Driving

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Minnesota DUI Attorney Douglas Kans speaks out regarding the sobering news that in a nationwide study, the state of Minnesota ranked as one of the five worst states with respect to drinking and driving.

According to Minnesota DUI attorney Douglas Kans, a new nationwide report estimates that roughly a quarter of all drivers in some states drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year. In this first ever national report, it was found that 15.1 percent of the nation's drivers age 18 and older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year. The report compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that driving under the influence varied greatly from state to state. Utah received the lowest score with a rate of 9.5 percent with Minnesota ranking in the top five worst states with 23.5 percent of Minnesotans driving under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year.

"It continues to dishearten me to have such a negative label placed on our amazing State," comments Minnesota DUI attorney Douglas Kans. "Yet, it is something that Governments and individuals need to seriously address because the high percentages of alcohol consumption and abuse can translate into serious trouble for our cities and towns, including increased public health costs and injuries and death resulting from drinking and driving."

State estimates of adults driving under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs are based on the combined data from the 2004 to 2006 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The estimates are annual averages based on combined data collected from 127,283 drivers surveyed in 2004, 2005 and 2006, the most recent data available to the research team.

"I hope that the release of this study forces more public agencies into action," Kans continues. "Overall, driving under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs is among the leading sources of preventable death by injury in the United States. It is also important that everyone recognize the extreme importance for strong legal representation as the consequences for receiving a conviction are great."

"As a Minnesota DUI attorney, I sincerely would like to see our rates plummet. We need to have continued education on the dangers of excessive drinking and step up the attempts by State officials to lower Minnesota DUI rates," Kans concludes.

ABOUT KANS LAWFIRM
For fourteen years, Mr. Kans has dedicated himself solely to defending individuals charged with crimes. Over this period, he has earned the respect of fellow colleagues, prosecutors, and Judges throughout the State of Minnesota. Mr. Kans has successfully litigated and negotiated hundreds of criminal cases during his career. He has had many proud achievements, but none is as important as the personal satisfaction he receives from working hard and achieving wonderful results for his clients.

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