Drunker Than We Used To Be

July 30, 2009 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Last year Lincoln broke a 34 year-old record for most drunk driving arrests in a year. Now, Tom Casady says we’re on pace to break the record again, with DUI arrests sitting at 10% higher than last year’s numbers. My question: Why all the drunk driving?

Is drinking inversely correlated with economic health? Have we gotten lazy about assigning designated drivers? Are police getting smarter about impaired driver identification?

I’m really curious why we’re seeing such a spike in DUI arrests. Any guesses?

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Fletch July 30, 2009 at 1:40pm

That lady from the front page of yesterday’s LJS is skewing the statistics.

Mr. T July 30, 2009 at 1:52pm

I was about to say. Did you notice how that lady was sentenced several times to the clink for relatively long periods of up to a year, but then got caught again a few months later? In other words, she never served those sentences or was released early. And now she’s out on bail already. Why didn’t they just hand her a six-pack on the way out of the courthouse too?

They need to get serious with serial drunk drivers like her. We’ve all known people who have been killed by drunk drivers or who have killed themselves drunk driving. I’ve known several, and I don’t have a lot of tolerance for drunk drivers.

I don’t know if there is any one trending factor to call out for drunk driving itself. Certainly for arrests you can point to differences in enforcement tactics.

Gene July 30, 2009 at 1:55pm

Didn’t the LPD receive some grant funding for DUI enforcement?

beerorkid July 30, 2009 at 3:36pm

Ride a bike raspberry

Although I cracked a laptop screen, tacoed a tire, and got some scrapes and bruises, but I still have a clean record and cheap insurance smile

Fletch July 30, 2009 at 4:08pm

I also think if you look at the mugshots from oldest to newest, the drinking has made her get fatter.

Nikkidemas July 30, 2009 at 8:04pm

10/11 is doing a special series focused on drinking & driving.  You can watch/read the coverage here:

Outrage Against Drunk Driving
First Offense Consequences

Nikkidemas July 30, 2009 at 8:05pm

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