At least one driver is arrested for DUI in Napa County every 12 hours during the summer months, according to statistics released by the California Highway Patrol and other agencies. They made 184 drunk driving arrests between June and August of this year. While Napa police arrested 40 people suspected of driving under the influence, the Sheriff’s office arrested 36 more drivers. The California Highway Patrol conducted the vast majority of the arrests, seizing 108 people on DUI charges during that time.
Napa County has more DUI arrests than other parts of the state, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. In 2015, the city of Napa had 433 drunk driving arrests, making it the city with the second-highest DUI rate among 105 areas of similar size and population. The 2015 statistics showed that one person each week was injured or killed in car accidents that involved a drunk driver between the ages of 21 to 34.
There are a total of 140,000 people who live permanently in Napa County. Its tourist season, which peaks in the summer, draws people from around the world to enjoy the weather and the wines from its vineyards. Some people attribute these DUI charges largely to tourists, but police agencies said that county residents were more likely to drive while drunk. County residents were arrested every few days on average, while visitors were arrested approximately once every two weeks.
Drunk driving charges can lead to serious consequences, including a suspended driver’s license, high fines or even jail time. When people rely on their cars to go to work, school or family activities, losing driving privileges can be a serious problem. A criminal defense attorney can help people challenge the allegations and work to avoid a conviction.