Nothing to be Proud of– North Dakota Second Worst for DUI’s

I love North Dakota. I was born and raised here. But one thing that has always bothered me is the apparent obsession our state has with what one of my college professors used to refer to as "adult beverages". It just doesn’t make sense to me.

My first memory of my maternal grandmother is visiting her in rehab. She was an alcoholic. Thankfully for my grandmother, she was able to get sober and spent the remainder of her life that way.

Then there was the story of a cousin on my father’s side of the family. He died in his 30’s. He drank himself to death. My father said that though he was just in his 30’s he looked like an old man in his coffin.
Experiences like these in our family – and there are others – left a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended) towards alcohol. So, I resolved that I would not partake of the stuff. I feel that choice has served me well.

Unfortunately, not all North Dakotans feel the way that I do. And, as a result, North Dakota recently came in as the second worst state in the union for DUI’s. In 2016 there was nearly an average of one fatality related to drunk driving each week.

Historically, North Dakota has also had an issue with underage drinking and even highest per capita rate of alcohol consumption.

Regardless of this apparent obsession with alcohol, there is one thing I am certain of… I don’t believe that any amount of laws will eliminate this problem. If it is to be addressed, it is best to take care of it at home. My hope is that parents will model and encourage appropriate behavior on this issue, because statistics like these are nothing to be proud of.


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About T. Arthur Mason 874 Articles
T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.