Study: 1 in 3 DUI Arrests Repeat Offenders

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Denver Post analysis has found that about 10,000 drunken drivers arrested in Colorado each year are repeat offenders.

Police arrest roughly 31,000 drunken drivers a year, so about one in three has at least one previous DUI.

The Post examined records of arrests made from 2005 to 2007.

From 2005 to 2007, an average of 31,011 suspected drunken drivers were arrested each year in Colorado, according to statistics from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

An average of 10,835 drunken drivers each year had at least one prior DUI arrest, according to Division of Behavioral Health data from probation-department evaluations of drivers facing DUI charges.

Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey says getting drunken drivers off the road for good is a constant struggle.

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  • by Jason Location: C/Springs on Apr 27, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    With so many people driving under the influence you would think the police would be more understanding to people that decide to sleep in their cars instead of driving drunk. Instead they give out the same ticket as they would a drunk driver. It's all about the revenue and their careers. It's not about serving the public!
  • by Sammy Location: Peyton on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Hmmm...shouldn't the title say 1 in 3 rather than 3 in 1?
  • by NotTelling on Apr 26, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    I am thinking penalties are not severe enough...
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