Ten Denver Neighborhoods With the Most DUI Arrests

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According to Project Know, an organization that specializes in alcohol and drug rehabilitation and treatment, Colorado has one of the highest DUI arrest rates of any state in the country.

And by at least one recent metric, the numbers in Denver are even higher than they are for Colorado as a whole.

The site recently took a close look at the Denver data and determined the specific neighborhoods where the most arrests took place between January 2012 and October 2014.

In addition, Project Know created a map that shows some of the specific streets and intersections where DUI arrests are comparatively commonplace.

Count down the top ten below, interspersed with text from the site's study, followed by the map — and to get more information about Project Know, click here.

Union Station.
Union Station.
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Number 10: Union Station
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014: 50

Colorado ranked third highest for DUI arrests in 2013 (63 per 10,000 drivers), behind North Dakota (87.3) and South Dakota (63.1). Denver’s DUI arrest rate for the same year at first glance appears much lower, at 11.3, but other studies—which have included DUI arrests made by Colorado State Patrol — have put the number significantly higher. 

Hampden South neighborhood.
Hampden South neighborhood.
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Number 9: Hampden South
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014:
 54

A report by the Denver Office of Drug Strategy released in April 2014 noted that Denver’s DUI arrest rate in 2008 was 77.9 per 10,000 residents, but by 2012 had dropped to 49.3.

Globeville neighborhood.
Globeville neighborhood.

Number 8: Globeville
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014:
55

The same report also pointed out that 54.8% of fatal crashes in Denver in 2012 had alcohol as their main contributing factor, which was a higher proportion than was seen in Colorado as a whole.

Highland neighborhood.
Highland neighborhood.
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Number 7: Highland
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014:
60

Stapleton had the most DUI arrests of any Denver neighborhood between January 2012 and October 2014, followed by Five Points and Capitol Hill. Capitol Hill is near Broadway, Downing Street, Colfax Avenue, and Seventh Avenue, which all feature large amounts of traffic. It is also Denver’s most densely populated neighborhood, which goes some way to explaining why it ranked so highly for DUI arrests.

Westwood neighborhood.
Westwood neighborhood.

Number 6: Westwood
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014:
64

Unfortunately, Denver’s open data doesn’t distinguish between alcohol DUIs and drug DUIs, but there have been reports that Denver’s police force is still much more focused on drunk drivers than stoned ones.



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