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Georgia comes in 23rd in DUI arrests

On Behalf of | Jan 14, 2020 | DUI/DWI |

Have you ever wondered where Georgia stands in terms of DUI arrests, if it has more or less than other states in the country? The truth is that it’s right near the middle. A recent study found that there were 308.7 arrests for every 100,000 people living in Georgia, which means the state ranks out at 23rd overall.

Some metrics did suggest that DUI arrests are not nearly as common as they used to be. Look at the past decade, starting in 2009 and ending with the statistics for 2018, the highest arrest rate was in 2009. That year, there were 398.74 DUI-related arrests per 100,000 people. When compared to 2018, that shows a drop of about 12.8% over that time.

That said, things are trending upward, with arrests growing more and more common in the short term. From 2014 to 2018, the study found that the arrest rate went up by 32.4%. While it is not yet back up to that high in 2009, if this trend holds, the state could hit that level again.

In the long-term, Georgia mirrors a trend seen all over the country. Out of all 50 states, just three of them — North Dakota, Washington and Delaware — had increasing DUI rates between 2009 and 2018. On the whole, the decrease was about 35% for the country. Again, though, the short-term trend is working against those numbers.

With this many arrests in Georgia, and with the numbers rising, it is very important for those who find themselves facing charges to know exactly what legal defense options they have.