WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Year’s celebrations are often associated with the consumption of alcohol. Conventional thinking may be that DWI numbers are up during a weekend like this, but we found out much the opposite. For one business that is not good news.
“New Year’s has slowed down a lot,” says Raul Brewster, manager of Powell Bail Bonding. “We expect a lot of DWI’s after the New Year but this year they advertised it pretty well. They know the booze it and lose it, so they had vans out, so people are getting wiser about drinking and driving over the holidays.”
Between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning there were only 29 bookings at the New Hanover County Detention Center. 14 of those were related to drinking and driving.
Sheriff’s Office employees say that is substantially less than they were expecting.
For some in the bail bonding business the news was not all that surprising.
“There’s a lot of police action but sometimes that doesn’t end up being arrests like you might think,” says Arthur LeBoo of Powell Bail Bonding. “Cops get called out a lot and we see maybe a little small increase but not as much as you might expect.”
Employees at Powell Bail Bonding also say that they see an influx in DWI numbers during the summer and that New Year’s is not even their busiest winter holiday.
“Christmas was fairly busy,” says Brewster. “Towards the end (of the Christmas holiday) it did pick up because a lot of people got bonded out as gifts from their family and loved ones.”
Brewster says that Christmas was not only busier than New Year’s this year but that it usually is that way. He says the majority of their calls during the winter are for those arrested for domestic disturbances.