Friday, December 10, 2010

Ten last night

Ten drunk drivers arrested Thursday night/Friday morning. That's a big number for a weekday--or for any day at all, for that matter. December is the month that leads the year, mainly due to the extra focus we give DWI during this season. Be careful out there....

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there a reason that this time of year gets extra focus, or is it because of extra money from grants? Either way, keep up the good work!

JIM J said...

23rd and R street is a great P-C location. At night after 2200 hrs many people blast through R-Q and P street stop signs in the rush to Mums for more drinks. As the bar customers continue to get word about the pressure from LE, some people may make a better choice.

Immigrant said...

I was told that LPD had officers on foot patrol downtown in the 70's and that anyone leaving a bar and walking unsteadily to a car was likely to be stopped soon after the ignition key was inserted. True?

Watchful said...

I believe the numbers of arrests as of Monday was 37. Last night would be a HUGE jump for the stats.

Either it was a slow night and officers had the opportunity to focus on the DUI stops... or the partying is beginning in earnest.

Tom Casady said...

6:44-

No, that has a minimal impact. We've been doing the holiday DWI project for 20+ years, with occasional mini grants to support some extra hours, but its not a lot. The arrests are mostly by regular on-duty night shift officers.

Immigrant-

Yes, there was foot patrol, and no, that wasn't likely. Happened from time to time, but I wouldn't call it likely. Plenty of drunks escaped the downtown taverns only to be arrested on Cornhusker Highway, Van Dorn Street, N. 48th, and so forth.

ARRRRG!!!! said...

Alcohol makes people do stupid things.

Steve said...

'Tis the season to be jolly...

Anonymous said...

The bone-cracking wind chills expected for Saturday and Sunday probably won't reduce DUIs, but hopefully they'll put a damper on larceny from auto and loud outdoor parties. However, I foresee a spike in this sort of "give-it-away" crime:

AUTO THEFT - UNLOCKED LEFT RUNNING W/ KEYS IN IGNITION

Steve said...

Get yourself a good remote engine starter, and you can warm up your vehicle without unlocking it or leaving the key in the ignition. Sure, someone could still break in, but without a key, it can't be driven away.

Anonymous said...

http://journalstar.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_000ed3f2-4940-540a-9a82-14047104e44e.html

btw she has been keeping booking fee's longer then they think.... we did events in 2008 and she kept the money...

Anonymous said...

Steve,

You'll scratch your head over this one: In the winter of 2009-10, a 2008 Impala LT was stolen in Lincoln, and it was left unlocked and running, with the keys in the ignition for a warm-up. Here's the thing - that model and trim level came with a standard remote start installed at the factory! They just didn't use it, for some odd reason.

Anonymous said...

Chief,

B0-122708 - is that a first-ever for that kind of item being stolen in Lincoln, as far as you remember?

Tom Casady said...

11:23-

New one on me. I could understand it, if it was made of aluminum, bit this makes no sense. Looking for Christmas cards?

Steve said...

11:16

Not that it happened, but one could foresee a situation where the remote starter was lost/misplaced and the owner wanted to warm the vehicle before driving off in it. Since many of the newer cars will not allow you to lock the doors with the key in the ignition, there would be no choice but to leave it running. Some of the new ideas are nice, but many of them presuppose that people are stupid and therefore don't allow certain actions by people who know what they're doing (i.e. locking the running car with key in ignition and using a second key to re-enter it when warm). It's sort of like many laws nowadays that prevent law-abiding citizens from taking harmless actions because others are either stupid or have criminal intent (like turning right on red lights or carrying guns in various circumstances).

Anonymous said...

Saw the "Motors" out today,,, made me think of the "6-Pack" , J.P. with Butch, Ferb, Din-Din, Frenchy, Wo-Wo, and now can't think of the 6th one...

-Danny G. McEntarffer

Tom Casady said...

Danny-

That would be Danko.

Anonymous said...

Steve,

On the 2008 Impala LT (and LS and LTZ), the remote start button is in the same fob as the lock/unlock button. I suppose the single owner could have misplaced both fobs, yet somehow not misplaced both keys that are customarily attached thereto, but...

Chief,

Maybe for the cards and their enclosed cash/gift cards, but why pick that neighborhood? I'd have boosted a box in The Ridge or Firethorn.