DWI cases down in Midland and Odessa during pandemic

Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 4:16 PM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) -

The coronavirus pandemic has made it more risky for people to go out, but at the same time it seems the virus might have also made streets safer.

It’s hard to imagine the coronavirus making us safer in any way, but we’ve found that there have been fewer DWI cases this year in both Midland and Odessa.

Midland police said they can’t say for sure it’s all because of COVID, but they suspect bars closing down for months had a lot to do with with it. In Midland, DWI cases dropped by about one third between March and August compared to the same months last year.

Odessa police said they’ve also had far fewer drunk driving citations in 2020, a big relief for a city that’s no stranger to dangerous driving.

“We respond to so many fatal crashes on a regular basis here in the city limits,” Odessa Police Corporal Steve LeSueuer said. “Whether the person dies or gets seriously hurt, one is too many.”

However, OPD said because more and more bars are reopening, they expect to see DWIs go back up.

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