Posted by Edmund R. Folsom
August 8, 2014
In a previous post, I examined the sharp downward trend in OUI arrests in Maine overall, accompanied by a sharp upward trend in alcohol test results below .0.08%. https://edfolsomlaw.com/2012/11/beware-fewer-oui-arrests-increased-risk-of-arrest-if-stopped/ In 2006, the Bureau of Motor vehicles reported a total of 9,617 OUI arrests in Maine. By 2012, that number had fallen to 7,014. Of those 7,014 people, 1,184 people age 21 or over who took a test to determine their alcohol level were tested below 0.08%. That represents 16.88% of total arrestees who produced a result less than 0.08% in 2012. In 2013, the reported overall number of OUI arrests spiked to 8,229. Of that number, 1,534 people age 21 or over who were tested for an alcohol level produced a result below 0.08%, which represents 18.64% of all 2013 OUI arrests. The bottom line: Police are increasingly unafraid of being wrong when they arrest people for OUI.
CHANCES OF OUI ARREST HIGH IF STOPPED BY MAINE POLICE.