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BSO DUI ARRESTS UP IN 2002

An early review of year-end statistics indicates that the BSO DUI Task Force was productive in 2002 in terms of getting unsafe motorists off the roads and in jail.

The task force’s 1,675 DUI arrests in 2002 represents a 7% increase over 2001. Also in 2002, the task force wrote 4,122 traffic citations and assisted in the processing of 3,793 DUI arrests countywide.

The Broward Sheriff's Office DUI Task Force takes a hands-on approach to enforcing Florida’s DUI laws with traffic checkpoints and saturation patrols. Each member of the task force is specifically trained to detect, investigate, and apprehend impaired drivers. BSO’s use of certified Breath Alcohol Testing technicians and videotape evidence of DUI stops, assists in the successful prosecution of drunk drivers.

With proactive DUI enforcement in Broward County and nationwide, the total number of alcohol-related traffic deaths is down in the United States, but it is still high. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), 49% of all traffic fatalities were alcohol-related in 1991. Ten years later, the percentage dropped to 41%. Still, nationwide, 17,448 people died because of drunk or impaired drivers in 2001.

In Florida, according to the NCSA, 2,463 people died in 1991 on the state’s roads. Of those, half were alcohol-related. And while the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in Florida dropped to 42% in 2001, the total number of people killed in crashes rose to 3,011. In Broward County, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, nearly 16% of fatal crashes in 2000 were alcohol-related. In 2001, the percentage jumped to 26% with 52 of 199 fatalities connected to drinking and driving.

National Highway Safety Administration studies show nearly 97% of Americans view drunk driving as a major threat to the community and support increased enforcement efforts. With that in mind, the Broward Sheriff's Office remains dedicated to making the roads safer through DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, and the swift arrest of anyone caught drinking and driving.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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