There are lessons to be learned from history. We study the successes, failures and social movements of the past so that they can help guide our actions. They can also help us prepare for our future, even in situations involving drunk driving.
Drunk driving laws have had a long history, which began in 1911. It was in this year that the Minnesota Legislature first passed laws making impaired driving a misdemeanor criminal offense. In the years that passed, the laws became tougher and more detailed.