LEE COUNTY, IA (WGEM) -- The Division of Criminal Investigation's state crime lab as launched a new website where you can check the results from drunk driving and public intoxication breath tests issued by police and sheriff departments across the state of Iowa. And, it breaks it down county by county.
So far, for the month of October, 7 alcohol breathalyzers have been issued in Lee County and out of those 7, the average alcohol level was .178.
That's over double the legal limit, which is .08.
Another startling number, this year officers have issued 178 alcohol breathalyzers, that's up from just 80 that were issued back in 2010.
Lee County Chief Deputy Scott Bonar explains a possible reason behind the increase. "Better enforcement. We have projects that go on in Lee County, saturation patrols we call them," said Chief Bonar.
With these numbers being so high however, the fatality rate is surprisingly low.
"Usually we average about 13 fatal accidents a year and probably half of them or a little over half are alcohol related and this is the first time in 23 years I know that we've had 2," said Chief Bonar.
Chief Bonar attributes the low traffic fatality numbers to highway improvements, particularly only Highway 61 near the Ft. Madison Bypass.
Lee County Officers will be stepping up patrols through the month of October. They have another saturation project coming up in the next couple of weeks as well as extra patrols out on Halloween.
You can see the alcohol tests results at https://breathalcohol.iowa.gov/.
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