Holiday Season Brings DUI Arrests
By: Chris Kramer
Drunken drivers demonstrated some unfortunate side effects of holiday cheer as DUI arrests were made across the country over the recent holidays.
California DUI Arrests
In northern California, many police departments reported an increase in holiday season DUI arrests over the previous year. MSNBC reported that the majority of these arrests occurred on New Year's Eve.
Officers from five law enforcement agencies in Tehama County made 36 DUI arrests during the holiday period ending Jan. 1. During the same period in 2007 officers made 26 arrests.
In Glenn County, 53 drivers were arrested for DUI between Dec. 12 and Jan. 1. This was an increase of two arrests compared to the same period in the previous year.
From Dec. 21 to Jan. 1, 30 DUI arrests were made in Chico, Calif., while 14 arrests were made in Paradise, Calif., during the same period. The California Highway Patrol made an additional ten DUI arrests in the area.
Despite some local increases, the California Highway Patrol said that as of Dec. 26 DUI arrests were down statewide. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that between Dec 24 and Dec. 26, 409 drivers were arrested for DUI in California and 11 people were killed in DUI-related accidents last year. At the same time in 2007, there were 977 DUI arrests and 13 DUI-related fatalities in the state.
Blood Sample Warrants and DUI Arrests in Gregg County Texas
In Gregg County, Texas, law enforcement officers made 30 DUI arrests between Christmas and New Year's Day. Law enforcement agencies in the county reportedly collaborated with the Gregg County District Attorney's Office to obtain search warrants to draw blood samples from DUI suspects who refused breath tests, according to The Longview News-Journal.
Arizona DUI Crackdown
In Arizona, more than 27,500 drivers were pulled over or stopped at DUI checkpoints during the holiday season. These efforts resulted in 2,308 DUI arrests. State and local law enforcement agencies increased enforcement in busy commercial strips in the Phoenix area, according to The Phoenix Business-Journal. Reportedly, one of the DUI arrests made was former Phoenix Suns player Charles Barkley.
The number of arrests statewide dropped from 2,900 DUI arrests during the holiday season in 2007.
Increase in DUI Arrests in Connecticut
Statistics released from Connecticut Police Chiefs Association indicate that DUI-related accidents and arrests in the state during the holiday season increased in 2008 as compared to the holiday season in 2007. There were reportedly 10,668 drivers stopped by police this season, resulting in 268 DUI arrests. During the same period in 2007, there were 209 DUI arrests, according to The Record Journal.
Increased Law Enforcement Presence Nationwide
This holiday season, law enforcement agencies across the country stepped up efforts to keep drunken drivers off the roads. The increased number of DUI checkpoints and officers on duty resulted in more DUI arrests in some areas, and may have led to a decrease in drunken drivers out on the roads in other areas. The reports nationwide are very mixed as to whether there were more or less DUI arrests in 2008 as compared to 2007. DUI statistics for 2008 vary widely from state to state and even among regions within each state.
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