No matter the holiday, special occasions often mean that people will gather with family and friends to celebrate with parties that include alcohol. Though it is common knowledge that drinking and driving do not mix well, there is no shortage of Minnesota families who have lost loved ones due to the negligent decisions of drunk drivers. In an effort to reduce the number of lives lost, troopers plan to increase their presence along the state's roads.
Recently, one state trooper shared his experience over the Christmas holiday last year. As he was stopped at a red traffic signal, he looked in his mirror to see another vehicle approaching. He reported that, the next moment, his patrol car was struck forcefully in the rear. As he exited his vehicle, the other motorist purportedly questioned why the officer's car was not moving. At that time, the trooper observed that the driver who struck him was intoxicated.
The state reports that there is a significant increase in the number of impaired drivers on the road during holidays. While Labor Day weekend and Halloween are the top two for drunk driving arrests, Christmas is not far behind at number three. In order to help prevent more families from losing their loved ones in these types of tragic circumstances, Minnesota officers plan to increase their efforts to prevent these drivers from causing any accidents.
One father explained that he spends his Christmas placing decorations on a tree at his son's graveside rather than attending holiday parties. He expressed the hope that other families do not have to suffer the pain of losing loved ones to the actions of drunk drivers. Those who have endured these types of tragedies often struggle to handle the financial burdens that accompany an unexpected loss. Victims may choose to seek recompense for their monetary damages through the state's civil courts via a successful lawsuit against the parties liable for their losses.