TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KTVI)-- Drunk drivers are ten times more likely to get arrested in one small town. Our Fox 2 news team made the discovery when noticing a spike of DWI indictments after arrests by Town and Country Police. The Court records are frightening reports describing persistent offenders. One woman reportedly blew .189, which is more than twice the legal limit. Four indictments came down this week - all originating from Town and Country.
Town and Country Police Captain Bob Arthur said, 'There are obviously an unacceptable amount of fatalities throughout the United States. The costs are astronomical and obviously you can never put a, articulate or quantify the pain suffering of the victims and the families.'
So we crunched the data to see if the numbers back up what the indictments would lead us to believe.
The latest numbers are from 2011, broken down by the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Missouri Safety Center.
Town and Country police arrested 505 DWI offenders in 2011. That`s a town of just over 10,000 people. St. Louis City arrested 248 DWI offenders, out of a population of more than 300,000.
So we broke it down further, to look at the arrest rate per 10,000 residents. For comparative reasons, first look at St. Louis County as a whole (including St. Louis City numbers).
In the St. Louis County area, police arrest about 44 people per 10,000 residents.
Now look at the top three municipalities.
Town and Country Police arrested 467 per 10,000 people.
Maryland Heights PD arrested 163 / 10,000.
Creve Coeur Police arrested 122 / 10,000.
Capt. Arthur added, 'Since they started tracking this, I believe in 1982 or 1985, we have reduced, nationwide, about 50% of all fatalities from impaired driving.'
Now look at the two biggest Departments. Highway Patrol numbers show...
St. Louis County police arrested 66 DWI offenders per 10,000 people.
St. Louis Metropolitan PD made 8 DWI arrests per 10,000 people.
Pine Lawn shot near the front of the list in 2013, according to the Missouri Safety Center. Pine Lawn wasn't even on the radar before, but last year the Department reportedly arrested 150 people. For a city that`s only about 3,200 people, that would calculate to a rate almost equal to what Town and Country is arresting.
DWI numbers provided by the Missouri Safety Center
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