One in seven drivers has a DWI on record


Each year, drunken driving crashes account for one-third of the state’s total traffic deaths, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently reported.

Drunken driving was a direct factor in 136 traffic deaths in 2011. Last year, 368 people died in traffic crashes in the state, the lowest number since 1944. But 37 percent of crashes last year involved drunken drivers.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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