Sunday, April 12, 2009

Drunk driving arrests in Genesee County decrease 25% since 2004

The Daily News reported on the Genesee County Sheriff's annual report on 04/06/09. In the print edition it had a need little graphic which depicted the number of DWI arrests over the last five years. The number of arrests is as follows:

2004 = 289
2005 = 236
2006 = 270
2007 = 208
2008 = 217

There has been a 25% drop in DWI arrests from 2004 to 2008. It is difficult to know if this drop in DWI arrests is a function of less people driving drunk or resources devoted to enforcement.

Thankfully, there has not been a DWI fatality in Genesee County for several years.

The Genesee County Sheriff's department, the Batavia, and LeRoy police departments do an excellent job in enforcing the DWI laws keeping our roads safe for our citizens.

However, 217 arrests in Genesee County is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to people who actually drive while under the influence and it certainly is 217 too many. I look foward to the day when the there is absolutely no drunk drunking and our society has a zero tolerance for drunk driving as it does for people under 21.

GCASA operates a victim impact panel monthly which has about 30 participants per month from Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties. GCASA also sponsors and annual dinner where the good work of our local officers is acknowledged who enforce our drunk driving laws. This year the dinner will be on 06/12/09. You can learn more by clicking here.

To learn more about GCASA's Victim Impact Panel, click here.


don zimmer said...

I think people have become more responsible in there lives by not drinking as much while not at home. Earlier in my life I drove too often after drinking, although never with kids involved. Thanks to groups like GCASA and MADD people have become aware of the dangers of alochol ... to everyones betterment. Groups used to use scare ads on TV years ago that I believe were never successful.
Caring is the answer to success.

David G. Markham said...

Hi Don:

I find your caring and concern and optimism refreshing.

Thanks for your comment,

David Markham