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Alcohol-related traffic deaths jump in 2005

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1035920.html

I found this story on the Star Tribune's website. I was immediately interested because I have had a couple friend who recently got DWIs. The topic of the story is very ineteresting and probably grabs the attention of readers curious to the stats. However, the story has no personality. There are numbers and statistics in almost every paragraph and there are no people. Besides getting pulled over how is the rest of the world being affected? Why should I read the story I don't drink and drive... However, I enjoyed the Tribune's story much more than the one ran by the Pioneer Press:

http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/16844614.htm

This version of the story barely had any writing in it. There are Three paragraphs and then a list of the rest of the findings. It almost looks like no work went into the story. Both stories could use a little more umph I'd say but then again I see where that would be hard to do in a story about drunk driving and its consequences.

Comments

No need to excuse them -- boring is boring. I appreciate your attention to keeping the story interesting.

I'm surprised at how brief both those stories were. Perhaps there was a lot of news going on that day.

An interesting counterpoint to this is that even as the fatalities go up, some policymakers say that DWI penalties have gone overboard, and they're proposing to roll them back. I believe I saw that was proposed in the Minnesota Legislature .. I can't find the link right away.

And up in Duluth, where some city-employed drivers have had so many DWIs they've lost their licenses, the city is considering creating new job descriptions so they can stay on the payroll! See http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/state/minnesota/16776649.htm

Please keep sharing your reactions to the news that you read.

Good comments, but remember the four required parts of blogging: summary, comparison, challenge and your personal opinions.

Su

Good comments, but remember the four required parts of blogging: summary, comparison, challenge and your personal opinions.

Su