LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has announced countywide arrest statistics for Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs by all of Livingston County’s police departments during 2015.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, who is also Livingston County’s STOP DWI Coordinator, the total arrests made for DWI/DWAI related charges were 333 between the 10 agencies that patrol for intoxicated or impaired drivers.
“Livingston County law enforcement did a remarkable job of getting impaired drivers off our roadways in 2015,” said Dougherty. “As you can see by the numbers provided, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drug charges rose significantly. I credit the increase to better training for law enforcement members to identify an impaired driver by drugs and their proactive patrol efforts to keep our residents safe. I would encourage all residents who use alcohol to have a plan for a safe ride home and to the folks using drugs and driving, seek help for your addiction before it is too late.”
Of the 168 arrests made by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, 41 were for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Compared to the Sheriff’s Office’s 20 DWAI arrests in 2014, that is an increase of 105%.
The breakdown of arrests by agency in 2015 is as follows:
Avon Police Department 15
Caledonia Police Department 2
Dansville Police Department 40
Geneseo Police Department 47
Livingston County Sheriff’s Office 168
Mount Morris Police Department 7
New York State Police 42
New York State Park Police 8
Nunda Police Department 3
University Police Department 1
Sheriff Dougherty added that the total from 2014 was 272, meaning that there was a 22% increase in 2015.
For the Sheriff’s Office, the there was a 19% increase from 2014.
The most common age bracket for defendants was 26 to 30 (34 arrests) and the lowest age bracket was age 66 or older (3 arrests).
The highest number of DWI related arrests occurred between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. (58 arrests) and the lowest was between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. (3 arrests).
Of these, 27 were felony DWI arrests.