DUI arrests down in West Virginia for the 4th year in a row

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Arrests for driving under the influence are declining in West Virginia and State Police officials want that trend to continue.

Sgt. Michael Baylous says the state is on track to post a decline in DUI arrests for the fourth consecutive year.

Baylous said Tuesday at a news conference that the number of DUI arrests fell from 6,841 in 2008 to 6,112 in 2010. The number of arrests in 2011 is believed to be around 5,000 so far.

Baylous says the decline is due to many factors but State Police officials believe motorists are heeding enforcement and educational efforts.

State Police plan to increase patrols during the holidays to catch impaired drivers.

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