Additional money welcome [UPDATED]Published 10:42am Friday, October 18, 2013 Updated 12:46pm Friday, October 18, 2013
Considering Otter Tail County is ranked very high on the list of traffic deaths where impaired drivers are operating, we applaud the county commissioners approval to accept a federal grant to back up their belief the DWI Court program is working. The county also bumped up its contribution from 30 to 35 percent.
The 78-week DWI Court is an intense program for serious offenders who have tried more traditional methods to sobriety that have failed.
Since 2008 when the program was started, 39 participants have successfully completed DWI Court.
While it’s difficult to translate the success of the program to lives saves, in reality, we all know the fewer impaired drivers on county highways means less risk of accidents, which in turn means fewer potential deaths.
It also means that families impacted by people who use chemicals — be it drugs or alcohol — the healthier those families will be as well.
A big thumbs up to the commissioners for approving the funding, and to the folks who run the DWI Court program who give the program its credibility.