DPD Says It Arrested 31 Drunk Drivers Over the Long New Year's Holiday Weekend

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Channel 11 had a piece last night about the breastfeeding mom and the party of 12 greeted by a New Year's Eve stray bullet coming through their bedroom ceiling. That footnote, as you'll no doubt recall, was part of DPD's crime-stats round-up yesterday. Today we get the DWI numbers, which are close to last year's stats.

The hours of this year's No-Refusal Initiative were extended given the long holiday weekend (you're drunk right now, aren't you?). According to numbers DPD just sent out, there were actually 34 DWI arrests between December 31, 2010, and January 2, 2011. Says DPD spokesman Senior Corporal Kevin Janse, between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 this morning 31 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated -- with six of those arrests resulting in search warrants and blood draws after drivers refused to submit to voluntary breath or blood tests.

As for Tarrant County, which is about to begin its high-profile public shaming, the DA's office there sends word: "We expect to begin posting the names of those charged with alcohol-related driving offenses on our website on Tuesday." Which could make for some awkward back-to-work "So, how was your holiday?" conversations.
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Careless Driving Ontario
Careless Driving Ontario

The Christmas holidays, along with the New Year's period, are always full of action for law enforcements all over the world. That's because people tend to forget all the traffic regulations and get behind the wheel with a certain amount of alcohol on board. Unfortunately, you don't know when accidents may happens because of this kind of drivers, therefore the police always tries to apprehend them before something happens.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Three days, New Year's weekend, and only 31 drunks?  What did they do, apply a variation of the new shoplifting arrest standard?  You don't get arrested unless you blow .15?

paulettesmithz
paulettesmithz

Most companies give a break to those who drive less than 7500 miles a year. If you take public transportation instead of driving to work, your premium will go down. Out of the question? Try "Clearance Auto".

Foreverhonesty
Foreverhonesty

A good enough reason not to drink in Fort Worth really you will be posting those who got arrested before they are found guilty by a court of law, now I know why I hate fort worth......

james
james

you'd think with that load of pesky shoplifters of their backs...

james
james

only 31? how many did they arrest for gunfire?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I asked, but the media ops at DPD are closed for the holiday. Hope to have those numbers tomorrow.

james
james

there was a serious barrage in my neighborhood with some big caliber stuff.

Guest
Guest

Statewide, less than half of those arrested for DWI will ultimately be convicted of DWI.

Maybe the public "shaming" should wait until prosecutors actually prove their cases (and, if statewide statistics hold in these cases, the arrests this weekend will only result in 13.5 DWI convictions).

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

The most loaded question in the history of loaded questions...Have you been drinking today, if you lie and say no, they ask you to step out of the  car, and if you tell the truth, they dont believe you. How many cops truly believe you if you say one beer with dinner.  That all leads to an hour of field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer.

Guest
Guest

I have been subjected to field sobriety tests when I hadn't had anything to drink at all (nor any drugs). I guess they just get bored and lonely sometimes.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

So saturday night, I drove to a bar around 530 pm.  I had a reservation/appointment for a taxi to pick my wife and I up at 1 am.  shortly after 830, there was an altercation that happened in the bar. I decided to stop drinking, which turned out to be a good thing.  We stayed at the bar until 1 am, when I began wondering where my cab was.  I called and they said, we are working on gettin a cab dispatched, it might be an hour and half or more before we get to you at which point I said eff it, and drove home.  Its stupid shit like this situation that irks me about cabs in DFW.  This isnt the first time its happened to me, less than 3 months ago, I had a cab company tell me after I waited 2.5 hrs that they decided they were not dispatching a cab to south arlington for an in-city pick up.  the dispatcher literally said, if you are sober enough to be calling me at 2 am, you should just drive home.  Thank goodness that night I had a sober friend willing to drive at that time of the night 

Guest
Guest

In a free market paradise like Texas, an entrepreneurial type would see the need for cab volume during certain times of the day/year and find a free-market solution that would not only help people get home but also make a little money for people to reinject into the local economy.

If only we lived in a regulation-free, business friendly environment like they do in Texas.

I assume that when the city voted to massively cut the number of cabs operating at D/FW a few years ago (over 2,300 down to 800) that bled into the number of cabs available on any given New Year's, too.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

That's fcking ridiculous! We were trying to arrange cab service for Halloween this past year and it was literally impossible to find a cab company to pick us up and drop us off since it was a holiday weekend. It should be easier to get home safely after drinking in this city.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

okay that would explain no postings over on City of Ate today

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