SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Here in the mostly sunny Southern California we are waiting for warm and dry weather. Although experts have repeatedly stated we are in a drought we have been recently been drenched with rain. This rainy weather no doubt has decreased the amount of DUI arrests.
WARM WEATHER, MORE ARRESTS
DUI arrests will likely increase once the weather starts resembling a drought, i.e., long sunny, hot days. This is because there are so many opportunities to go out and party with friends and acquaintances. Barbecues, beach parties, and outdoor lounges are all venues that provide more than enough alcohol for the sun revelers. Tourists flock from around the world to explore the fun filled days and nights of California.
Also, there are more celebrations that occur during the summer. For instance summer graduations, Fourth of July and Labor Day parties also provide more opportunities for people to consume alcohol.
MORE PEOPLE ON THE ROAD
The increased numbers of people on the road who have consumed alcohol correlate to higher incidences individuals who are impaired on the roads. The police, in turn, respond to the higher number of impaired individuals on the roadways by increasing DUI patrols. In addition to increased patrolling, the police also increase the frequency and amount of checkpoints that are mostly target potential DUIs. In fact, law enforcement agencies get extra grants based on the amount of DUI arrests.
So, comparing the weather yesterday – cloudy, thunderstorms, pouring rain – chances are slim that anyone would want to go outside of their houses. No one wants to brave the weather for any reason. But when the weather warms up – things will begin to change. California natives, transplants, and tourists all will want to go out and enjoy the California nightlife. With that desire comes increased DUI patrols and arrests. As you can see, warmer weather does increase the number of DUI arrests.