The state Registry of Motor Vehicles says the number of drunken driving arrests has declined in Massachusetts in the past five years.
The agency’s numbers show there were 14,834 OUI (operating under the influence) offenses last year, down from 17,804 in 2008, and 15,850 in 2006.
A spokesman for the state police said the decrease is likely because there are now fewer police on the roads. There are about 2,100 state troopers today, down from about 2,600 in 2006.
David Procopio told the Boston Herald that keeping impaired drivers off the roads remains one of the department’s top priorities.
The numbers seem to contradict RMV numbers reported by the Herald a week ago that showed OUI arrests up. A department spokesman said the prior numbers included only some OUI violations.
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