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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Number 5: Lincoln Park
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014: 65
Denver Westword reported in May 2013 that a single checkpoint in Larimor County made 22 DUI arrests and only one was a Driving Under the Influence of Drugs charge. All others were for drunk driving.
Number 4 (tie): Baker
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014: 68
More recently, CBS Denver looked into drug DUIs in Colorado by contacting 12 law enforcement agencies. Seven said they did not maintain a record of marijuana DUIs, but one of the five that did provide numbers was Denver, which reported it had made about one arrest per week in the six-month period since marijuana was legalized in the state.
Number 4 (tie): Montbello
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014: 68
In the next two minutes, there will be a drunk driving injury somewhere in the United States. In the next 60 minutes, there will be a DUI death. These are averages based on the 10,322 deaths and 290,000 injuries caused by drunk driving in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
Number 3: Capitol Hill
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014: 72
MADD also reports that, while DUI fatalities have been cut in half since 1980, drunk driving incidents are still staggeringly frequent. On average, 300,000 of those incidents occur each day; however, only about 4,000 of the people involved in those incidents are arrested.
Number 2: Five Points
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014: 79
The most up-to-date arrest figures were released by the FBI on November 10th, and they show that in 2013 there were 1.16 million DUI arrests. The only crime categories that accounted for more arrests were drug violations (1.5 million) and larceny-theft (1.23 million).
Number 1: Stapleton
Arrests from January 2012 to October 2014: 83
Denver, Colorado: 2,128 DUI arrests, January 2012 to October 2014
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