Most DUIs have one thing in common: They begin with a few drinks at a bar somewhere. And as Jonah Spangenthal-Lee over at SeattleCrime notes, the Washington State Liquor Control Board keeps track of the last place that DUI suspects were boozing before their ill-fated journeys began (or at least where they say the last place was). So with that info, here are the top 10 most DUI-prolific bars/businesses for 2010.
But first this caveat from the WSLCB:
The DUI tracking inquiry statistical data is based on DUI arrest reports. The last-drink location is subjective in nature--due to the person's ability, or lack of ability, to recall information or fact--and should be used with caution to indicate trends over time.
The information comes to WSLCB via the Washington State Patrol (WSP). The WSP collects its own DUI information, as well as receiving reports from local law enforcement. When stopped for a DUI, a suspect is asked the last place he or she drank. Their response is completely voluntary.
Some important points:
This is just one tool that WSLCB enforcement officers use to enforce Washington's liquor laws.
This information is hearsay and would not be admissible in court.
Some local law enforcement agencies report this information more consistently than others.
Now, the top 10:
10. Tia Lou's/Essence (Belltown): 11 (also tied with Peso's in Queen Anne and Nectar in Fremont)
So, besides Earl's in the U District, it looks as though Downtown/Belltown sets loose the most drunk drivers (or the ones who get caught the most and still remember the last place they were drinking at).
West Seattle and North Seattle bars (unless you count Fremont/U District as north) don't even crack the top 19, let alone the top 10. Kind of weird considering that public transportation options are generally better in the city center than in the outer boroughs.