Fayetteville is the 12th worst city for driving under the influence arrests, but some students are not that surprised, according to an insurance study.
Researchers from the insurance company Insurify gathered information from 1.5 million insurance shoppers’ applications about the number of DUI citations issued to people on each policy. Using this data, they determined the percent of drivers in each city with a DUI citation and ranked the top 25, according to Insurify.
Out of all of the drivers in Fayetteville, 3.59 percent have received a DUI citation, which is 127 percent higher than the national average of 1.58 percent, according to Insurify.
Freshman Matthew Norris thinks that it is inevitable to have a lot of reckless behavior in college towns, he said.
“It’s a college town and people are going to party,” Norris said. “Eventually someone is going to come in and say that [driving while intoxicated] needs to be stopped, but until then, you just have to keep an eye out for it.”
There have been four arrests for driving while intoxicated since the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester, according to the UAPD Daily Crime Log.
While the number of DUI arrests is higher in Fayetteville this year than it was last year, the overall number of DUI arrests on campus has gone down from eight years ago, UAPD Capt. Gary Crain said.
“The reason we may have made more arrests this year may just be because more people are driving through campus while intoxicated,” Crain said.
Junior Shann Bhakta uses ride-share app Uber to avoid drinking and driving, but thinks that it is easy to fall into the trap of doing it, he said.
“You go onto Dickson as a [designated driver] and then suddenly people are buying you drinks for no reason,” he said. “All of a sudden you don’t want to leave your car there and you’re not thinking straight.”
Fayetteville Police Department Sgt. Anthony Murphy thinks that the number of driving while intoxicated arrests has gone down since Uber gain popularity, he said.
“In the past few years since it has been around, it has helped keep our streets safe,” Murphy said.
Another reason for the increase in arrests may be because of the vigilance of police officers, Murphy said.
“Our officers are good at finding people driving while intoxicated and they are enforcing DWI laws,” Murphy said.
The city with the most DUI arrests is Cheyenne, Wyoming, with 5.96 percent of its drivers having had a DUI citation, according to Insurify. The only other SEC college town in the top 25 list is Columbia, Missouri, home of the University of Missouri.