When are Reduced DUI Arrests a Bad Thing?

Posted by Troy Slaten | Sep 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Police in Miami Beach, FL are troubled. Why? Because they cannot seem to get as many DUI arrests as they have in years past. For example, in 2009 1,299 people were arrested for suspected DUI where so far this year only 221 arrests have been made. This highlights a disturbing pattern by police who focus more on getting high numbers of DUI arrests as opposed to trying to discourage drunk driving. The possibility that drivers are being more responsible and taking cabs or using designated drivers after a night of drinking is not really a consideration by Miami Beach police. Instead, they are relying on the fact that DUI related traffic accidents are not eliminated 100% and are blaming a change officer lineup for the decrease in arrests.

DUI arrests are very political. Police in the U.S. look to crack down on drunk drivers under the idea that more DUI arrests leads to safer roads but counties make a lot of money off of DUI drivers every year which can lead to unnecessary DUI arrests. If you have been arrested for DUI in L.A., call a Los Angeles DUI attorney right now. An experienced L.A. DUI defense attorney can help you fight your charges and get the results that you want.

Miami Beach police are arguing that the reduced number of arrests is not from drivers being more careful but rather because officers who were talented in spotting and arrested DUI drivers have retired or been moved to other areas. Some DUI attorneys find this hard to believe because if DUI drivers were really that much of a threat on the road, it should be easy for police officers to spot them. The best response to a DUI arrest in Los Angeles is to call a California DUI attorney at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP. Only an experienced DUI attorney can help you get the best outcome possible.

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Troy Slaten

Troy Slaten is the managing attorney for Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Criminal Defense practice. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He then went on to earn his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.


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