APD Annual Reports - 2015 Annual Report - Page 34

Center Stage 34 Impaired Driving T he department continued a dual-approach to addressing impaired drivers. The first component deals with educational outreach efforts to inform drivers of the dangers of getting behind the wheel while impaired. The second component deals with aggressively pursuing and referring for prosecution of offenders who make bad choices. In 2015, the department made 1,201 arrests for Driving While Intoxicated. Officers also arrested 1,348 individuals for Public Intoxication. Under state law, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested for DWI with a .08 BAC. A person is also considered intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or drugs regardless of the BAC. Younger drivers under 21-years of age cannot have any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. While enforcement is the bulk of our strategy to combat impaired driving, the department invests heavily in educating young people and reminding adults of the consequences. In 2015, DWI Enforcement Officer Stacie Brown conducted 100 presentations to area high schools which reached