Report-a-DUI Proving Useless

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on January 16th, 2006

Many of you are aware of the latest craze in the War on Drunk Driving: anonymous phone calls to the police whereby you can report your ex-wife is driving drunk (see my earlier post, "How to Get Your ex-Spouse: The Anonymous Tip"). All such calls, we are assured in public service announcements, will be investigated — that is, your ex-wife will be pulled over and subjected to field sobriety tests.

So how is this new investigative tool working out?

"Drunk Busters" Hotline Got 280 Calls, Leading to No Arrest

New Mexico, January 14. It has been around three weeks, but the DrunkBusters hotline hasn't yet helped catch a single drunk driver.

State police said Friday evening that 280 people have called the hotline, 1-877-DWI-HALT, to report suspected drunk drivers. But all those calls have led to no arrests ' despite the fact that around 18,000 people were arrested for DWI in 2005, the state's DWI Czar Rachel O'Connor said in December.

Funny, it worked finding witches in Salem….


(Thanks to Jeanne M. Pruitt of RIDL.)

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