Utah Highway Patrol Has Quotas to Make DUI Arrests

Its Memorial Day weekend for 2008.  Troopers have often claimed in the newspapers and in open court that there are no quotas to make arrests.  In this story below, Trooper Cameron Roden tells the news reports that the troopers are encouraged to average at least one DUI arrest per officer involved in the DUI Blitz.  Further, the Trooper is asked if the Blitzes work to deter drunk driving.  The Trooper responds that the Blitz is not effective in that regard.  The DUI arrests never go down, according to the Trooper.  Well that brings up an interesting point.  If officers are encouraged to get one arrest per officer, then there seems to be an incentive to arrest borderline cases and perhaps innocent people. 

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