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DUI Attorney Sees Spike In Arrests

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Aside from St. Patrick's Day, which accounted for a few more drunk driving arrests, according to the Tulsa police department, DUI enforcement has pretty much been standard.

"Well, it's pretty much what we've normally been doing, our officers are always out there on the streets," said TPD officer Jillian Roberson.

But March was anything but normal for DUI attorney Zach Smith.

"There were more DUIs this March than there have been in the previous 7 years based upon my numbers," he said.

By his own estimate he handles more DUI's than any attorney in the state.

"The number of DUIs is directly related, the correlation between DUIs is directly related to the level of law enforcement," he said.

And the more DUIs, the more folks at Boomers see business booming.

"About 9 or 10 years ago we only had about 100 a month and now this day and age we have over 300," said Sandy Hudson.

She's talking about the number of clients who come through their drive-thru window to have their court ordered breathalyzer checked so that they can continue to operate their vehicle.

"They also have driving test while they're driving. You get the car started, and then once they're driving along, they will have a test that comes up as well. Just randomly? Just randomly," she said.

The devices are usually installed, they say, for anywhere between 6 to 18 months. Bringing us back to the familiar refrain from law enforcement...

"It's just a good rule of thumb if you're going to drink don't drive," said Officer Roberson.

But obviously people do, and where many people run afoul is misjudging their perception of where that legal limit is.

"It's not a difficult number to hit," said attorney Smith.

Drink more than just one beverage an hour, and that's roughly, and you could hit .08 and not even know it.

"If you're just fine, if you're OK to drive in your mind and you know you're fine, that doesn't mean that you won't blow a .08," said attorney Smith.


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