Originally Published: January 4, 2007 4 a.m.
Some people never learn.
Despite advance coverage of saturation drunk-driving patrols and programs offering free rides to over-imbibing bar patrons, law enforcement agencies bagged their limit and more of impaired drivers over the New Year's weekend.
Officers arrested 17 drivers on drunk driving charges, 14 of them misdemeanor arrests and three drivers with blood alcohol levels greater that 0.15 percent, which constitutes extreme DUI.
Three arrests were on charges of aggravated DUI, a felony offense that arises in situations in which it is a driver's third DUI violation in five years, when the driver has a suspended license, or if the driver has a child younger than 16 in the car.
The threshold blood alcohol level for a DUI charge is 0.08 blood alcohol content. As noted, a BAC of 0.15 constitutes extreme DUI. That's why it's scary to hear that the average blood alcohol level for the arrestees was 0.144 very close to the extreme DUI.
An average level like that makes it clear that everyone officers stopped was seriously drunk.
It's a good thing they caught them when they did. Let's hope that after those drivers have made their way through the court system, at least they learn something from the experience.