No DUI deaths, few arrests reported

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 01:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — No DUI-related deaths occurred over the New Year's holiday and Crestview Police and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department reported single digits for driving under the influence arrests.

"We only had one (DUI) on New Year's Day," Lt. Andrew Schneider of the Crestview PD said. "It’s about average; we typically get around one to five (DUI) incidents during New Year’s."

Area residents are aware of police presence during New Year's Eve, Schneider said.

"Also, local taxi and cab companies have campaigns that help commuters get home safely," he said.

 Sgt. Mark Raiche, an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office traffic unit supervisor, said he noticed slightly more DUI arrests this year.

"We had around four this year, one of which was in Crestview," Raiche said. "The reason we had a higher number this year is because we had more units focused on the road ways.”

Last year, several patrollers responded to fight reports, which took some of the focus off roadways, he said.

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