In addition to
active DWI enforcement by road patrol deputies, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's
Office has specific units assigned to the detection and arrest of drivers who
are under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. The efforts of these
officers and all law enforcement agencies play a key role in reducing the number
of drunken drivers on our county's roadways.
During 2000, 961
arrests were made for Driving While Intoxicated on Chautauqua County highways.
Of these arrests, 164 were felonies and 797 were misdemeanors.
total number of arrests shows an increase of 6.5% from 1999 when there were a
total of 902 arrests.
County Sheriffs Office made 419 arrests for Driving While Intoxicated, an
increase of 32.6% from 1999. Of the arrests made by Sheriffs officers, there
were 48 felony arrests. Six people
were arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired By Drugs.
The number of Zero Tolerance detainments increased 300%, from four in
1999 to 12 in 2000. The average
blood alcohol concentration for those arrested was a .16%.
Forty-one individuals refused to submit to a chemical test to determine
their blood alcohol content and had their drivers license suspended.