The number of people driving under the influence in Sonoma County has long been a problem.
But during summer months the problem takes on a new magnitude.
In July, 32 people were arrested in Petaluma for driving drunk. That’s more than one every single day of the month. In June, 26 people were arrested. In comparison only 16 people were arrested in March and 19 in February.
Part of the answer is that more people are out, attending barbeques, concerts and parties where alcohol is plenty. The other is that three of Petaluma Police Department's four special enforcement operations targeting drunk drivers are in the summer, from Memorial to Labor Day.
What do you think is behind the summer spike in DUIs? Are do you think checkpoints are an effective way to stop drunk drivers?