The image above is a map of a random part of Albuquerque from a new service that our daily morning paper, The Albuquerque Journal, started today. It’s an interactive map that allows you to see everyone that got arrested in the metro area in the last 7 days. If you want to see the interactive map, you can click here.
Now what really struck me was not only that the people who got arrested for DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) / DUI (Driving Under the Influence) aka Drunk Driving, got their own icon, but the shear number of people arrested for DWI / DUI in the last 7 days here in Albuquerque. I know that we have a drunk driving problem, but I guess I did not notice it was THAT bad.
A quick check of the crime data for Albuquerque from 2006 (last full year available) shows that 4,788 people were arrested for DUI. That is an average of 399 people per month, or just over 13 people per day. That number just scares the living crap out of me and it also does amaze me in some really werid way. So by my math, over the last 7 days, 91 people should have been arrested for DWI / DUI, which after looking at that map might just be true. I See Drunk Drivers, They Are Everywhere!