Year of the DUI in Incline Village
With no change in law enforcement staffing or tactics, the number of DUI arrests in Incline Village on Lake Tahoe is up nearly 40 percent from the previous year, setting a new record.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
A forty percent jump in DUI arrests is a troubling statistic for
Washoe County Sheriff, commander Steven Kelly.
Kelly says DUI intervention needs to happen before drunk drivers are on
the road, but that social norms work against him.
How many people are
willing to say to their friends, ‘you’ve had too many. I’m not
going to let you out that door.’ It’s one of those things that’s
uncomfortable to confront people you know.
But the down side is, if you don’t, you may be going to their funeral
the funeral of somebody else you know because that guy got behind the
Officer Kelly is now forming a panel of local citizens in an
effort to find out how to better keep people out of their cars if they’ve had
too much to drink. Kelly believes that changing the behavior of citizens can
only happen with the support and participation of the entire community, not
just the police.
Brian Bahouth KXJZ News.