At a conference for law and emergency personnel throughout the state, it was announced that the annual holiday patrols would begin. The joint effort that includes law enforcement officials from state, county and local agencies is meant to cut down on the number of drunk drivers on the road, thereby decreasing the number of fatal accidents that occur each year.
The program has been in force since 1995, and statistics prove that it is not only necessary, but that it works. Even with the increased knowledge about the dangers of drinking and driving, there are still a large number of drivers who continue to drive while under the influence. In 2010, there were 19,482 DUI arrests. In 2011, that number leapt to 31,561. This does not necessarily mean more people are driving drunk, it's more likely an indication that the program is catching more people in the act. So far in 2013, of the 637,766 traffic stops that have been made, arrests due to DUI numbered 22,330.