Age and gender were the areas that showed the greatest statistical differences in DUI arrests. A total of 76.5 percent of the 170 people arrested for DUI in Kansas City this year have been male. And the 21-29 age category far exceeded all others, comprising 52.3 percent of all DUI arrests.
The scariest statistic in this report was the blood alcohol level of those arrested. About one-fifth of those arrested had blood alcohol levels of 0.16% or greater – twice the legal limit or higher. I’m pleased checkpoints like this are keeping these dangerous drivers off the road. But any officer who works these checkpoints will tell you that arrest is actually the tertiary goal. The primary and secondary goals of DUI checkpoints are deterrence and education. Knowing you might get stopped at a checkpoint might prevent you from driving while intoxicated in the first place. Educational information about the dangers of DUI and other risky driving behavior also is passed out to everyone who goes through the checkpoint.
You can see the full report for January through June 2010 below:
Number of checkpoints conducted: 14
Total number of vehicles checked: 6,944
Total DUI arrests made: 170
Age 50 and up
BAC .13% -.15%
BAC .25% and up
*Percentages do not add up to 100 because 48 arrestees refused the BAC breath test.
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