Minnesota police say that drunk driving is still a big problem, especially in the Fargo area. One member of the Fargo Police Department says that nearly all of the fatal auto accidents he’s seen have involved drunk drivers.
So far this year there have been almost 450 DUI charges brought by the Fargo Police Department. And in Moorhead, a police patrol sergeant says that responding to DUI calls is a daily part of the job. Ironically, that sergeant was called to a DUI-related roll-over accident just after being interviewed on the subject by Valley News Live. The driver fled the scene but was apprehended by police on suspicion of DUI after a field sobriety test.
Moorhead police charged another driver with suspicion of DUI that same day. No one was injured in any of that day’s DUI-related accidents, but the Fargo sergeant interviewed said that some of the DUI accidents he has seen counted among the worst auto accidents he has ever seen in his career. Both sergeants advise that people who plan on drinking have a designated driver, call a cab, call Uber or do whatever is necessary to avoid driving drunk.
In Minnesota, a driver can have their license revoked for refusing to take a chemical test for DUI. If a driver agrees to a test and their blood alcohol content is above the legal limit, it could still be possible to fight the drunk driving charges. For example, a defense against the charges could involve challenging the results of the chemical test. If found guilty of DUI, a driver could still keep their driver’s license because an administrative proceeding concerning driving privileges is handled separately from criminal charges after a DUI charge is made.