There is a lot of discussion around the drop in DUI arrests in Miami. CBS Miami takes a look at this in a recent article titled “Debate Over Drop In DUI Arrests In Miami Beach.”
According to the author of the article, “Arrests for Driving Under The Influence (DUI) in Miami Beach are down but there is debate as to why. According to our news partners at the Miami Herald, Miami Beach Police, back in 2010, made 1,299 DUI arrests. In 2015, they made 138, Miami-Dade court records show. In Miami-Dade County, police made 3,609 arrests – down nearly 20 percent from a year before. It’s a stark difference from the 6,321 DUI arrests in 2010. Whether there has been an actual drop or it’s a result of lack of enforcement is still under debate. ‘It’s horrific. There is virtually no DUI enforcement anymore,’ said Janet Mondshein, the executive director of Miami-Dade’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Some officers and police unions blame a lack of manpower, training and support as well as a program for first time DUI offenders. Others say it’s the ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft that have taken some drunk drivers off the road. Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates says they’re dedicating more manpower to improving traffic in the city at the behest of city leaders not arresting drunk drivers. Overall, DUI-related car crashes in the city have dropped with about 47 crashes last year. That’s down from 100 DUI-related car crashes the year before. Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco says while law enforcement efforts and MADD have helped spread awareness of drunk driving, it doesn’t correlate to ‘such a low number of arrests.’”
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