Top DUI Cities For Arrests
One of the most dangerous things that you can do is to drive while drunk. In 2010, more than 10,000 people (including more than 200 children) died in the United States due to alcohol-related crashes (Impaired Driving Facts).
These deaths are entirely preventable, but people can unfortunately be very irresponsible. For this reason, police are diligent about pulling over people who seem to be intoxicated. Getting these people off of the streets can potentially save lives, so it is an important priority.
What Are Some Methods For DUI Arrests?
When police officers patrol (especially at night), they are looking for certain tells that clue them in that a person is intoxicated. Most commonly, they look for drivers that are swerving an unusual amount on the road. The swerving indicates that the driver is having trouble paying attention and staying in control. When a police officer sees someone that they suspect is intoxicated, they pull that person over immediately. If the district provides the officer with a portable blood alcohol content meter, the officer will read the suspect’s blood alcohol in order to determine if he or she is intoxicated. If no meter is available, the officer will use a field sobriety test. The officer will have the suspect do simple tasks (such as reciting the alphabet or walking in a straight line) in order to evaluate if he or she seems intoxicated. If the officer believes that he or she is, the suspect is taken into custody in order to have a formal blood alcohol reading done.
Another method of finding potential DUI offenders is the sobriety checkpoint. Many of the top DUI cities for arrests implement checkpoints to both deter potential drunk drivers and catch ones that are still out. Sobriety checkpoints involve several officers stopping every car (or one out of every few cars) that passes and testing the driver’s blood alcohol. These checkpoints are implemented in 38 states, as well as the Virgin Islands, the Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia (http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/checkpoint_laws.html).
Which States Have The Most DUI Arrests?
The state that arrests the most drunk drivers is California, with over 210,000 DUI arrests in 2008 (http://www.statisticbrain.com/number-of-dui-arrests-per-state/). California is very diligent about stopping DUIs, and is also one of the states with the highest number of sobriety checkpoints.
Texas, a state that has outlawed sobriety checkpoints, also has a high number of DUI arrests. In 2008, more than 90,000 people in Texas were arrested for DUIs. Pennsylvania also has a remarkable rate of DUI arrests for its population, coming in at more than 53,000 arrests in 2008.
One of, if not the, highest rates of DUI arrests in the country with respect to population is the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin had more than 40,500 arrests for DUIs in 2008 despite only having a population of 5.7 million.
Whether or not your state is one of the top DUI cities for arrests, be sure that you stay away from drinking and driving. There is never a safe way to drive intoxicated. Every time you take a drink before going out onto the road, you endanger your life and the lives of others. It simply is not worth it.
About Guest Post Author:
Christopher J. McCann is a practicing DUI lawyer Fullerton at the law offices of Christopher J. McCann who was recently awarded his 6th SuperLawyers Magazine “Rising Star” award. You can follow Chris tweets at @cjm_law_firm