DUI arrests drop in Nashville during holiday weekend

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 7:02pm

Metro police said the number of arrests for driving under the influence dropped this July 4 compared to last year’s numbers.

This holiday weekend, which officially ran from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Metro police arrested 43 people suspected of DUI offenses. That number reached 51 last July 4 holiday.

In addition to the Metro Nashville Police Department’s DUI unit, 20 officers paid through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office targeted areas prone to drunken driving, such as routes to and from Percy Priest Lake.

Although Metro police responded to one fatal crash over the three-day weekend, the
Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet advised as to whether it was alcohol related.

Late Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Safety said nine people were killed in traffic crashes in the state over the holiday weekend, down from 16 over the same period last year.

Of those nine, six were in vehicles, two were on motorcycles and one was a pedestrian. One of those fatalities appeared to be alcohol-related compared to two last year.

Those numbers were based on preliminary information and subject to change.