Alabama Drunk Drivers

Statistics show fewer drunk drivers have been arrested in Alabama in recent years.

But, experts say the reasons for the decline includes fewer officers on patrol, and less money for special programs to catch drunk drivers.

But, they also say motorists are more aware of the consequences of driving drunk.

Between 1993 and 1999, the annual number of DUI arrests by city police and sheriff's deputies held steady between 19,000 and 21,000.

State troopers also have had a steady decline in DUI arrests from almost 12,000 in 1998 to less than 4400 in 2002. That's a 63-percent decline.