Many people expected the number of arrests in Texas for driving while intoxicated to decrease this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a couple of factors that seem to logically point towards this:
- Many restaurants and bars have been closed, which reduces the number of people driving home after drinking.
- People are more likely to stay at home as a precaution to avoid infection.
News reports in the early months of the pandemic suggested that DWI arrest numbers had dropped, but it seems that was only a temporary effect. A recent story on DWI arrests in San Antonio claimed that the number of arrests from Jan. 1 to July 6 was down only four percent from the same period last year – 2,255 arrests in 2019 and 2,168 arrests in 2020.
Reasons Behind the Numbers
Why has the number of DWI arrests in Texas not decreased as people predicted? There are a few possible explanations:...