I’ve commented in past posts ("How to Make a Million in the DUI Business", "DUI Roadblocks for Fun and Profit") about the increasing reliance of local governments on DUI arrests to raise revenue — and the resulting pressure on police to make those arrests (valid or otherwise). Consider this recent news story from Auburn, New York:
New York: DUI Program Desperate for Cash
Cayuga County, New York’s anti-drunk driving program generated $250,000 in profit in 2001 and funded expenditures for extra radar guns, equipment for the sheriff’s department and police salaries. This year, however, arrests are down by a third over 2005, and the program is struggling to maintain the same level of revenue generation. There have been 98 arrests through May this year compared to 135 in the same period last year. The lack of arrests has caused budget problems…
Somehow, I expect DUI arrests to increase dramatically in Cayuga County. Justice versus profit…. Tough call.