According to Gazette.net, drunk driving arrests in Maryland have shown a steady decline since the beginning of what has come to be known as the Great Recession in 2007. Since that time, arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) have decreased by the thousands, which some experts attribute to a variety of causes, including economic worries that prevent people from spending money on excess amounts of alcohol.
Various organizations involved with studying and discouraging drunk driving, including AAA of the Mid-Atlantic and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of Maryland, cite that both a change in the economy and a shift in attitude towards drunk driving have resulted in the decrease. In 2007, during which time the recession began, there were 24,909 DUI arrests in Maryland. Since the start of the recession in November of that year, there were 24,380 DUI arrests in 2008, 24,422 in 2009, and 22,614 in 2010.
Statistics show that through September of this year, there have been 16,763 DUI arrests in Maryland. Another reason for the decline may be the slow effect of strict Maryland DUI statutes that were passed, instituting the use of ignition interlock devices and other penalties for driving drunk.
Currently, it is unknown if an upturn for the economy will result in an increase in drunk driving incidents, although Maryland police and agencies continue to be dedicated towards reducing drunk driving.
Being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland can result in harsh penalties, including ignition interlock devices, loss of driving privileges, and possible prison time. The Bethesda drunk driving defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can help build a strong defense on your behalf in your criminal defense case. For a free consultation and to learn more about our experienced law team, call our offices today at (866) 444-6363.