CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Chesterfield County Police said DUI arrest numbers were way up in September compared to September of last year.
According to Chesterfield Police, 102 people were arrested for DUI in Chesterfield in September 2015, compared to 69 DUI arrests there in September 2014.
Lt. James Thornton with Chesterfield County Police said the numbers constantly vary, but the year-to-year increase stood out.
Especially when you compare Chesterfield’s September numbers to Henrico and Richmond.
In September 2015, Henrico Police said they arrested 66 people for DUI, and Richmond Police said they arrested 18 people for DUI.
“If you`re going to drink and drive you`re going to get caught and it`s going to cost you,” Thornton said.
Carter Hill Sr., whose son died 18 years ago in a DUI-related crash, said he’s pleased the numbers are up.
“I'm thankful the numbers are up… if we have a lot more enforcement out there it`s a deterrent,” Hill said.
Hill’s son, Carter Hill Jr., was just 20-years-old when he gave his car keys to his best friend to drive them home after a night of drinking. Hill said his son’s best friend ended up slamming the car into a tree, and Hill Jr. died instantly.
“It's been 18 years and we think about it every day. It`s the very worst thing that could ever happen to my family,” Hill said.
Hill, who is now the state chair for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said stricter enforcement is the best way to stop people from driving drunk.
“If the drunk drivers know the road blocks are up and saturation, DUI saturation is going around, they start talking,” Hill said.