According to an article in the Virginian-Pilot, Virginia Beach accounts for 9% of the state’s DUI arrests, with only 6% of the population. The raw numbers are: 2321 arrests for DUI in Virginia Beach last year, which is nearly twice as many drunk driving arrests made by officers in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Portsmouth combined.
Officers attribute these facts to the “party atmosphere” in the city, particularly in the Oceanfront area with many bars.
Of course, just because more people are arrested for DUI in Virginia Beach doesn’t mean that the actual incidences of drunk driving are necessarily higher. A significant factor could be more aggressive patrols and enforcement. It’s entirely likely that more people who drive while intoxicated in Virginia Beach are pulled over and prosecuted then in other parts of the state.
The Virginia Beach police department has a dedicated DUI enforcement team, and those officers receive an additional 40 hours of training specific to DUI arrests, which includes spotting potential impaired drivers, field sobriety test administration, and breath test machine operation.
If you are arrested on a DUI charge in Virginia Beach, please contact us for a free case evaluation and defense consultation. There are always options to defend your rights and work to protect your driver’s license.