Drunken driving rates are up on the University of Minnesota campus, according to The Minnesota Daily.
Police attribute the rise in drunk driving cases not to a jump in drunk drivers, but to a strengthening of University resources.
"There was one simple reason for the decline," University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. "Defense attorneys constantly challenging the validity of our equipment to detect alcohol."
Miner was referring to the Intoxilyzer 5000, the primary breathalyzer equipment used by University police the past 15 years. They recently changed to the BAC DataMaster, which has led to a steady increase in campus DUI's since this past summer.
The U of M campus averaged 187 DUIs a year while using the Intoxilyzer 5000 from 2002-2006, a number that declined steadily during the years before the change of equipment.
Miner points to this change of machinery as a way to make DUI arrests much less complicated. According to the article, police officers used to have to take suspects to the hospital to take blood and urine tests to prove they had been drinking.
The improvement of University resources make the campus a safer place for all tenants, bicyclists, and pedestrians living in the area.