When I was writing a column earlier this week about how Yonkers was rated 99th on a list of the 100 “drunkest cities” in the United States by Men’s Health magazine, I asked our in-house data specialist Tim Henderson to dig up town-by-town DWI arrest stats for Westchester.
Frankly, I couldn’t quite grasp the notion that Yonkers was that sober, so I wanted to see some hard facts. The magazine gave the city an A-plus for moderation with regard to the imbibing of alcohol., which seemed absurd.
Henderson couldn’t get the numbers until today. As far as Yonkers goes, they don’t say much. Yonkers police made 116 DWI arrests in 2009, compared to 106 in 2008 and 111 in 2007.
The 2009 figures places Yonkers second to White Plains (139 arrests) among local police agencies. White Plains has a very active bar scene, so this stands to reason.
The most DWI arrests were made on county and state roads, which also makes sense. So the Westchester County Police Department, which patrols the parkways, led with 510 arrests, followed by the state police in Cortlandt with 459.
Here’s another interesting fact. The village of Port Chester usually exceeds Yonkers in DWI arrests. Last year, it had 107. But in 2005, the village recorded 191 DWI arrests and 184 in 2008.
The year 2008 by itself saw an overall spike in DWI arrests in Westchester when 2,706 drunks were charged. Last year the number fell by about 10 percent to 2,456.
Maybe the near collapse of the economy in 2008 had something to do with it.