This document contains an analysis of recent South Dakota DUI trends and discusses the improvements of the mid-2000s and what went wrong. It concludes with recommended changes in law.
A Proposal to Build “Best in Class” DUI Enforcement in South Dakota, in memory of Maegan Spindler (First version, September 10, 2013)
The following document contains our final proposals to improve DUI enforcement in South Dakota; since South Dakota is a small state, this is attainable goal and could become a model for the entire nation. It proposes a dedicated revenue stream, funded by an excise tax for DUI enforcement, education and treatment of substance abuse. The Governor ultimately rejected all the suggestions stating they "would not have the intended effect" of reducing DUI..
The Governor replied with a kind, thoughtful letter on August 26, 2013, promising a "data driven, evidenced based" review of DUI. We were encouraged by his reply, but ultimately he chose to "do nothing" on February 5, 2014. Shame!
We sent a follow-up letter to the Governor on September 10 thanking him for his positive response to our August 9 letter. Page 2 of this letter contains an Executive Summary of our September 10 Final Proposal.
After 5 months, on February 5, the Governor chose to "do nothing" about DUI reform, claiming it would not have the "intended effect" of reducing DUI. We were mystified and disappointed. He chose to ignore the "evidence" and "data" provided by the NTSB. It was like the CEO of Boeing or Airbus ignoring findings of the NTSB on air safety. Shame, Governor, Shame!
National Transportation Safety Board report, “Reaching Zero: Actions to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving,” was released on May 14, 2013. This report contains a very detailed set of recommendations that should be adopted by all states. We recommend that this is the starting point for South Dakota to use in reforming DUI laws and practices: