DWI Arrest Numbers Down Around Brazos County Except for College Station

Over the past few months News 3 has reported on numerous alcohol- related traffic accidents and drunk driving arrests.

So we wanted to know if there's been an increase in DWI arrests in our area.

It's been a long road to recovery for Marianne Oprisko.

"I don't give up otherwise I wouldn't be moving," said Oprisko, a Brazos County resident.

She didn't know if she'd be able to walk again after she was struck by a suspected drunk driver in July 2010 on Rock Prairie Road. Now she spends much of her lunch break at Wellpoint Physical Therapy in College Station.

"Yes I am functional I mean you get those two casts off of me that the doctors put on specifically to keep me from walking and I got up and walked," she said.

Police say the then 23-year-old Cesar Gonzalez-Escuadra was more than three times the legal limit when he crashed into Oprisko.

He fled the area before his arrest and is believed to be in Mexico now.

"If they decide they are going to play games and drink to excess fine they can help make an apartment or a house handicap accessible," said Oprisko.

Oprisko's accident as well as an incident involving three cars Tuesday night on 2818 are just a few of the hundreds of reported DWI accidents in the area in the last few years

News 3 looked at the data between four area agencies and found that College Station was the only department to have an increase in DWI arrests between 2010 and 2011 where it jumped 30 percent.

But the numbers dropped in Bryan along with DPS and Brazos County Sheriff's Office

College Station Police say more officers on the streets means they are catching more offenders.

"They're going to be proactive looking for different violations as well as the population growth within the city so as years go along and a population increases we could see more of this," said Sgt. Blaine Krauter, with the College Station Police Department's Traffic Division.

"I have no problem with drinking. Drinking is a wonderful thing as long as you control it and it does not control you," said Oprisko.

Every step is a constant reminder for Oprisko the consequences of other people's actions.

College Station Police will have additional officers out this weekend in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Super Bowl Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign.

DWI Arrest Numbers:

College Station
2010: 392
2011: 509
January 2012: 38

2010: 217
2011: 188
January 2012: 26

Brazos County DPS
2010: 102
2011: 86
January 2012: 1

Brazos County Sheriff’s Office
2010: 32
2011: 28
January 2012: 5

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