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DUI Arrest Numbers Down in Delaware

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DOVER, De. - In Delaware, the number of DUI arrests are way down in 2014. But the reasoning behind that increase remains unclear.

983 is the big number in the first state. That's how many less DUI arrests were made from January to Mid-September, compared to that same time period in 2012.

Take a look at some of the main stats:

Number of Arrests:

2012: 4,044

2013: 3,537

2014: 3,101

First Time Arrests:

2012: 2,542

2013: 2,180

2014: 1,943

Repeat Offenders:

2012: 1,502

2013: 1,357

2014: 1,158

There is a major contradiction to these numbers. The number of accidents this summer actually increased, compared to last summer. The Office of Highway Safety said that enforcement might be one of the reasons for this contradiction. There have been far less DUI checkpoints this year, than in past years.

In 2013, during their picked-up enforcement period between July and December, OHS planned for 50 checkpoints, but in the end only did 30. Meanwhile this year, OHS has planned for only 27 DUI checkpoints, and so far, has only done 9 of them.

Allison Kirk from OHS said that this decrease in checkpoints is partially due to a new commitment towards stopping speed-based accidents with their limited resources.

“We look at data for everything...” she said. “And that dictates how we use our money. Speed related data was showing an increase over the last couple years. So that's why we started to change our focus on speed this year.”

Kirk also said that it's also difficult to get enough police officers to volunteer for these checkpoints, which is at times long and laborious work.

Despite all this, Kirk said she is proud of the decrease in arrests. She said that their work against drunk driving deserves some credit.

“We'd like to say our message and our enforcement out there is getting into the public,” she said. “They're hearing it. They're understanding. They're becoming more responsible drinkers.”

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