On Sunday, February 3, the Gilford Police Department released a report detailing its arrests for drunk driving over the course of 2012. The report, and Sergeant Eric Bredbury, the prosecuting officer for the department, showed a more than 50 percent increase in arrests within the town's borders during the past year.
According to Bredbury, 75 individuals were arrested for DWI last year, as opposed to 47 throughout 2011. These numbers represent an overall upward trend in the arrest numbers, which have been steadily rising recently.
Bredbury attributed the jump in arrests to both a concerted effort on the part of the police department and a higher number of drunk drivers on the town's roads.
"When you look at the totality of the causes, the economy seems to be better and there seem to be more people out on the roads drinking. We're seeing some higher blood-alcohol contents too," Bredbury explained to The Union Leader.
Over the past 12 months, New Hampshire has led a program to provide better training to officers on the force when it comes to detecting drunk drivers and performing field sobriety tests, and the effort was adopted by Bredbury. Additionally, the Gilford department requested extra funding for DWI patrols from the Department of Safety, and the town received clearance to begin using the Intoxilyzer, an advanced brand of breathalyzer.
Of the 75 people arrested in Gilford and charged with drunk driving in 2012, only two contested the charges. The department's report did not indicate a reason for this extremely low number.
If you have been accused of drunk driving in the Granite State, you may want to consult an experienced New Hampshire DWI defense attorney, who can argue your case in court and work to help you move on with your life.