It would appear that the New Hampshire State Police's "Driving Toward Zero" campaign, wherein increased patrols are implemented during peak travel and holiday times, worked this holiday season for the Granite State.
According to a press release from mid-December, in 2011, 13 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents over the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's. While the data for the same period in 2012 has not yet been released, troopers reported that there was only one fatality from December 28 to January 1, and no one was killed in an accident on New Year's Eve.
In total on New Year's Eve, 15 people were charged with DWI out of the 25 arrests made on roadways by state troopers in New Hampshire.
Over the entirety of the weekend, police arrested 24 individuals for drunk driving - for 20 of them, the charge was a first-time offense.
The increased police presence during this holiday season has been noticeable and seemingly effective, but overall, the annual comparative numbers are not promising. In 2011, 84 people died in road accidents between January 1 and December 16. For the same period this year, police reported to WCAX, a local news affiliate, that 103 individuals lost their lives in car crashes.
So, while crackdown efforts on impaired driving may be yielding more arrests, they may not be preventing deaths.
If you have been accused of drunk driving or a related crime in the Granite State, be sure you seek help from an experienced New Hampshire DWI attorney. These professionals can argue your case in court and ensure that your side of the story is heard.