DUI During a Pandemic

Considering the number of cognitive errors involved, it shouldn't be difficult to understand why so many first offenders are eventually arrested for a second offense.

Apparently one side effect of the pandemic is a significant, even dramatic decline in arrests and fatalities related to drunk driving. Haven't seen the national numbers for 2020 yet, but here's an example of something on the local level:
DWI arrests, fatalities drop significantly during COVID-19 shutdown
Fewer people out drinking means fewer intoxicated folks driving home from bars and restaurants, parties and social occasions.

In the larger sense, it continues a positive trend that's been going on for a few decades. Drunk driving deaths in 2018 finished at 10,517, a couple hundred fewer than the previous year. It's still nothing to boast about-- that's one every 50 minutes -- but big improvement from, say, thirty years ago.

Public information campaigns played a key role. So did changes in law enforcement and last but not least, a shift away from incarceration and towards alternative programming for offenders. That had the support of many in the corrections field. They were...

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DUI During a Pandemic

Considering the number of cognitive errors involved, it shouldn't be difficult to understand why so many first offenders are eventually arrested for a second offense.

DUI During a Pandemic

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