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DWI arrests fall in New York - except on Staten Island

For the most part, DWI arrests have plummeted in New York City. In the Bronx, for example, such arrests in 2011 were down by nearly 16 percent compared to 2010. In Manhattan, the number of those arrested for driving while drunk dipped by 16.2 percent.

However, it's a different scenario in Staten Island, where police have been cracking down on allegedly intoxicated motorists. There, DWI arrests jumped by 18.1 percent over the previous year, from 514 arrests in 2010 to 607 last year.

So why did the number of arrests there rise, when they fell all over the rest of the city? According to the New York Post, it's mainly because of close monitoring of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Highway cops, patrol cops and officers with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority have kept close tabs on drivers there.

The toll plaza at the bridge is apparently a popular place for police to bust people for allegedly driving while intoxicated. 80 arrests in the area can be attributed to that "hot spot" in 2011, according to the Post. The Staten Island District Attorney calls the bridge a "permanent roadblock" at which motorists are pulled over before their wheels even hit Staten Island streets.

By contrast, in Brooklyn, DWI arrests fell by a whopping 19.8 percent. Arrests there apparently fell from 2,454 in 2010 to 1,967 in 2011. Queens saw a 10.2 percent drop. And citywide, arrests were down by 13.4 percent.

Source: New York Post, "DWI busts spike in SI, drop overall," Doug Auer and Jessica Simeone, Jan. 2, 2012

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