Fourth of July DUI Arrest Roundup
By: Mike Stetzer
Many police officers across the country will receive fat paychecks for this pay period, not because of the number of DUI arrests that were made, but for the overtime hours that they put in for the Fourth of July DUI patrols. In some areas, there were plenty of DUI arrests over the Fourth of July, while in other places it was a pleasant surprise for police to find relatively few DUI drivers.
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Here is a snapshot of how things went down with the various DUI patrols in the United States over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Four Vermont DUI Arrests
Four drivers were arrested for Vermont DUI on the Fourth of July as part of efforts by the Governor's Highway Safety DUI Task Force. The Burlington Free Press reported that the officers making the DUI patrols stopped 89 drivers on the holiday and 11 were screened for DUI. Of the 11, four now face charges for Vermont DUI. Also on the Fourth of July, the Vermont DUI task force issued 22 traffic tickets, one of which was for underage alcohol possession while another four were issued to drivers who were driving under suspension.
Forty Texas DUI Arrests in Dallas
During the Dallas Police Department's DUI No Refusal program over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, 40 arrests for Texas DUI were made. The Dallas Morning News reported that of the 40 DUI arrests, 18 people refused to take breath tests and had police warrants issued to draw their blood for blood alcohol content testing. One man was also arrested for Texas DUI manslaughter after he was speeding and hit a car and an 18-wheeler. The driver of the car was killed in the crash.
Sixteen Kansas DUI Arrests in Kansas City
Over the Fourth of July weekend, police in Kansas City arrested 16 drivers for Kansas DUI and wrote 83 tickets for hazardous driving, according to the Kansas City Star. Kansas City Police Sgt. Ronald Podraza told the Star that extra law enforcement officers were on the roads between July 3 and July 7 to crack down on DUI drivers. Officers also issued 34 tickets for other traffic offenses and nine people were caught driving with suspended licenses. Nine other people were arrested for outstanding city warrants, two more for outstanding state warrants, one person was busted for felony drug possession and one more was charged with resisting arrest.
Few Florida DUI Arrests in Leon County
In Leon County, Florida, police arrested only seven people for Florida DUI over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that two Florida DUI arrests were made by the Leon County Sheriff's Office, one DUI arrest was made by the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol nabbed four DUI drivers. No Florida DUI arrests were made by the Florida State University Police Department or the Florida A&M University Police Department. Law enforcement officials were pleasantly surprised to find so few Florida DUI arrests were made in Leon County over the four day holiday weekend this year. Two years ago, the Leon County Multi-Agency DUI Strike Force made 31 Florida DUI arrests over a six-day period during the Fourth of July holiday.
Fourteen Florida DUI Arrests in Polk County
On July 3 and July 4, the Florida Highway patrol and other law enforcement agencies made 14 Florida DUI arrests at two DUI checkpoints in Polk County. There were also 190 tickets written for other traffic violations including speeding, seatbelts and child restraint systems, according to the Tampa Tribune. An additional 20 arrests were made in Polk County for other criminal violations.
Eighty Five California DUI Arrests in San Diego County
The California Highway Patrol in San Diego County arrested 85 drivers for California DUI during the first day and a half of the July Fourth holiday weekend, according to a report by KFMB News. In the state of California, 13 people died in vehicle accidents and 971 people were arrested for suspicion of California DUI by the California Highway Patrol.
Twenty Two Idaho DUI Arrests in Ada County
The Boise Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff's Office made 22 Idaho DUI arrests on the Fourth of July. Law enforcement officials say that number is significantly higher than the average number of Idaho DUI arrests made in Ada County on a typical Friday night, according to a KTRV News report.
Nineteen Colorado DUI Arrests in Colorado Springs
The Colorado Department of Transportation's "Checkpoint Colorado" program netted 19 Colorado DUI arrests on July 5. The DUI checkpoints were set up throughout the night beginning at 9 p.m., and 1,524 drivers were checked for signs of DUI. Law enforcement officers from the Colorado State Patrol, Monument Police Department, and Pikes Peak Community College are working together on the Colorado DUI checkpoint program and say that the July Fourth weekend DUI checkpoints in Colorado Springs were only the fourth in a series of DUI checkpoints that will continue throughout the summer, according to KRDO News.
Statewide Arizona DUI Crackdown Results in 137 Arrests
Law enforcement in Arizona made 137 Arizona DUI arrests on July 4 and July 5 during a statewide DUI prevention effort for the holiday weekend, according to a report by the Arizona Republic. On Friday, July 4, police officers from more than 30 law enforcement agencies in Arizona busted 94 drivers for suspicion of DUI as part of the Independence Day Holiday DUI Taskforce. Of the 94 DUI arrests made, 41 of these drivers were charges with extreme Arizona DUI because their blood alcohol content was .15 percent or above. More than 725 other tickets were issued for speeding, underage consumption of alcohol and seat belt violations.