No Change Yet in DUI Numbers Since Boaz Votes Wet

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BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) -- Boaz police made two arrests driving under the influence Monday Night, the city's first New Year's Eve since residents voted for the town to go wet.

Chjef Terry Davis said he was surprised the number was that low, but said "one is one too many. two is two too many, and you would like to think that if you're going to get out and drink, have a designated driver, don't get behind the wheel."

"You're taking your life into your hands, you're taking somebody else's lives in your hands, and we don't need an innocent person being struck by a drunk driver," he said.

Davis knows firsthand the dangers created by drinking and driving.

A drunk-driver rear-ended him last January on HIghway 431 in Boaz.

"I feel lucky that i'm still above ground," he said.

Doctors rebuilt his shoulder and he had two outpatient surgeries to try to straighten his neck but they did not work, so he will have a third neck surgery next week.

"It's all attributed to drinking and driving," he said.

Davis says the two DUI arrests on the eve of 2013 are on par with that of years past.

No Boaz businesses are selling alcohol yet--that's expected by the end of February--and Davis said he is not sure what will happen to the number of DUI arrests his officers make.

"Since the city voted, we're not seeing an increase yet, and hopefully we won't," he said.

"After everybody starts selling we'll get a better picture but there hasn't been an increase."

He said police in other municipalities that went wet told him they didn't see an increase, and in some cases numbers went down as people were getting alcohol near their homes.

The Boaz chief said the majority of DUI arrests officered made were cases of people coming back to Boaz from out of town, or people passing through.

He said he hopes the number of DUIs is even lower next year.