Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County jail records show local police officers made plenty of DUI arrests over the New Year's holiday weekend.
The Georgia State Patrol has reported that its troopers arrested 321 drivers statewide for driving under the influence during the New Year's travel period, defined as beginning 6 p.m. Friday and ending at midnight Tuesday. An official tally for the Gwinnett County Police Department over the same time period was not available Wednesday, spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said, but online detention center records painted the picture.
According to jail logs, approximately 78 DUI arrests were made between Friday night and Tuesday. Those charges included those filed by Gwinnett County police and other municipal departments.
Gwinnett typically has its fair share of driving under the influence arrests, but the unofficial tally of 78 was far more than the average weekend. By comparison, 40 DUIs were charted by the Gwinnett jail over the same time period the previous week (Dec. 21 through 25).
There were 39 DUI arrests counted between 12 a.m. New Year's Eve and 8 a.m. New Year's Day alone.
The Georgia State Patrol also reported six traffic fatalities of the New Year's travel period. None were in Gwinnett.
Statewide, this year's Georgia State Patrol DUI arrests marked about an 18 percent increase over last year's New Year's total of 262. Seven people were killed during the 2011 New Year's window.