Teen DUI Arrests Double in Marin in 2012

California Highway Patrol officers in Marin County arrested twice as many teenagers in 2012 for driving under the influence.

By Bay City News 

The California Highway Patrol in Marin County arrested twice as many teenagers 18 years old or younger in 2012 for driving under the influence compared to 2011.

In 2011, Marin area CHP officers arrested 10 people 18 years old or younger for driving under the influence. That number ballooned to 20 in 2012, according to the CHP.

The numbers don’t include arrests made by other Marin County law enforcement agencies.

However, officers made 10 fewer DUI arrests for underage drinkers between the ages of 19 and 20, the CHP said.

In 2011, officers in Marin arrested 50 people between 19 and 20 years old for driving under the influence. This past year, officers arrested 40 people between 19 and 20 on the same offence, the CHP said.

The arrests were primarily made on freeways and unincorporated county roadways within the CHP jurisdiction.

Officials with the CHP said parents should stress to their teens the options of calling a parent or taxi if they have been drinking and are face with a situation where they think they have to drive or a ride home has been drinking.

Officials said they rarely arrest a teen driver for DUI who is alone in a vehicle.

More information about the Marin CHP can be found on its Twitter page at www.twitter.com/CHPMarin.

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Jane January 28, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Given the fact that I know that there are many many teens drinking and driving in Marin, these arrest numbers seem incredibly low...?
tony masi January 28, 2013 at 09:47 PM
That's because it's hard to differentiate between inebriated drivers and your everyday unskilled or distracted driver. Unless you are obviously under the influence and do something conspicuously stupid or flat-out get into an accident, you don't appear on law enforcement's radar.
Jessica Mullins January 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Keep in mind that these numbers are only for California Highway Patrol arrests, so it doesn't include statistics from the Marin Sheriff or any other local police jurisdiction (Fairfax Police, Central Marin Police, etc). And we'll fix the headline.
Formula410 January 29, 2013 at 12:22 AM
There should be ZERO arrests of kids under 18 for DUI! Meaning, we should not have ANY kids driving around under the influence. The fact they caught 20 last year over 10 the year before is troubling. There was a story last year that CHP arrested over 800 people over the age of 21 in 2011, not including the other agencies who also make arrests (Novato Police had a huge increase), the teen numbers are small in comparison, but this is the group with their lack of skill, life experience and common sense that are going to take more risks and end up killing people with a car!
Michael January 29, 2013 at 09:56 PM
cell phone use and especially texting while driving is a far more serious and prevalent problem I believe. Teens live off of texting and rarely use the actual phone (any parent of a teen knows this). It is totally out of control now. Teens are not alone as this is a rampant problem with adult drivers also. Watching people drive with their heads and eyes down texting is frightening really. Say or do anything and you'll likely get the finger or worse. We as a society must find a way to address this specific problem. We try to control alcohol but do nothing to control texting and driving. How about a minimum $10,000 fine for the first offense and loss of license for a year for a second. Out of line you say... not really out of line when you try to figure out the cost of a life taken by someone who causes an accident all while texting. Surely we can find a way to address this problem can't we?


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