600 DWI Arrests in Broome County in 2012
Last year, police agencies in Broome County made more than 600 arrests of motorists for driving while intoxicated.
And officials say the problem is growing.
Already in 2013, there has been one death in a drunk driving accident. That’s after going all of 2012 with no DWI-related deaths.
Law enforcement agencies in Broome County are trying to deal with personnel and funding cutbacks. This makes it difficult to nab drunk drivers – who are typically on the road between 12 and 2 AM – a time period when fewer officers are out on patrol.
“Staffing levels have historically been declining and police agencies [are] not being able to staff these operations,” Broome County Capt. Frederick Akshar told WBNG Action News 12.
Broome County initiated a STOP-DWI program in 1983. The goal is to nab drunk drivers and educate the public about DWI dangers.
The county has landed a $23,700 grant to fund more overtime for officers through 2013, which officials say will be used to beef up law enforcement checkpoints and patrols.
Statewide statistics show that DWI offenders run a greater chance of conviction in Broome County than in most other counties in New York.
In 2011, the most recent data available, the county ranked number three out of all 62 counties in the state in conviction rates. According the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, 78.07 percent of DWI arrests ended in a conviction.
Source: WBNG Action News 12 http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Federal-Grant-Helps-Police-Agencies-in-DWI-Arrests–190932161.html