Minnesota Criminal Attorney Speaks Out On Need For Change As Minneapolis Ranks As Second Drunkest City In Recent Forbes Study

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Minnesota DUI Attorney Douglas Kans recent spoke out regarding the sobering news that Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked number two on Forbes America's drunkest cities. He fees this ranking showcases the continued need to educate on the dangers of alcohol abuse as well as safe drinking and driving practices.

Many Minneapolis residents, including criminal attorney Douglas Kans were surprised when Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked as America's second drunkest city, according to a study by Forbes.com. Officials feel that the city has an emphasis on health and rehab and the State overall is working to lower Minnesota DUI rates so there was great surprise by the results.

In late 2006, Forbes published its' 'drunkest city' ranking of the thirty-five largest metropolitan areas in the continental U.S. Each city was ranked in five areas based on data received from the Center for Disease Control: state laws, number of drinkers, number of heavy drinkers, number of binge drinkers and alcoholism. Each area was assigned a ranking in each category, based on qualitative data, and all five categories were then totaled to produce a final score, which was sorted to produce the rankings.

Milwaukee was the clear 'winner' and Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked as follows based on the criteria:

  •     State Laws 7/8
  •     Having a Drink in The Last Month 2/35
  •     Heavy Drinkers 12/35
  •     Binge Drinkers 3/35
  •     Alcoholism 4/35

Minnesota DUI attorney Douglas Kans recently spoke out regarding the published statistics, "It is disheartening to have such a negative label placed on such a great city as Minneapolis-St. Paul. Yet, it isn't something government officials and others should ignore because high percentages of alcohol consumption and abuse can translate into serious trouble for the city, including increased public health costs and higher rates of drinking and driving," comments Kans,
Minnesota DUI attorney.

Rounding out the top five drunkest cities are Columbus, Ohio, Boston and Austin Texas. Surprisingly, reputed party cities like Las Vegas and Miami didn't rank that high on the list.

"It's not necessarily the end of the world to rank high on this list, but I hope that it raises a certain amount of concern among our civic leaders. Continued education on the dangers of excessive drinking as well as continuing attempts to lower our Minnesota DUI rates are paramount," concludes
Minnesota DUI attorney Doug Kans.

For over a decade, 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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