DUI arrests are down, speeding tickets are up in many jurisdictions.
The government ordered closure of restaurants and bars along with stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic are leading to fewer drunken drivers on the roads all over the world, and all over the USA.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that “If one good thing is coming out of this, fewer people are getting in crashes,” said FHP (Florida Highway Patrol) Lt. Kim Montes. “They are not going out drinking and driving.”
The stay-at-home orders, closing of bars, and restaurants offering only take out and even curfews in some places have contributed to the decrease in drunk driving, Montes said.
But the open expanses on Interstate 4 and Interstate 95 are apparently proving too great a temptation as more drivers are rocketing down the road at higher speeds, Montes said.
“The one thing that’s gone up, though, is people are speeding at a higher speed,” Montes said. “The troopers are catching people doing 20, 30, 40 miles over the posted speed limit. Right now, because there’s not as much congestion and we are writing tickets and a lot of those are mandatory court appearances.”
But the good news is it appears people aren’t driving as much while intoxicated. FHP statistics show troopers made 34 drunken driving arrests in 2018 from March 17 through March 27 in Central Florida, including Volusia County.
That increased to 39 DUIs in 2019. But for the same period this year, troopers made just 15 such arrests.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said his agency made 42 DUI arrests from Jan. 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019 compared to 34 arrests for the same period this year, a drop of 19 percent.
“The bars are closed, certainly, that would be part of it and hopefully we have done a lot of education over the last three years to not drink and drive,” Staly said. Whether in Florida or with a Los Angeles DUI, it’s best not to get one in the first place.
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