If Sonoma County is known for anything, it’s wine. Home to more than 425 wineries, Sonoma County is an amazing place to live – and to visit.
These wineries are an integral part of Sonoma County’s economy, responsible for more than 54,000 jobs and $1.2 billion in tourism dollars annually. Yet they also carry risk for area residents, with a relatively high number of driving under the influence (DUI) arrests and alcohol related accidents occurring around the region’s wineries.
As experienced drunk driving accident lawyers, we wanted to know more about the impact of wineries on DUIs in Sonoma County. We performed an analysis of 9,373 alcohol-related arrests between 2002 and March 2021, and generated a heatmap of DUI “hotspots” to get a better understanding of exactly where people tend to drive under the influence in Sonoma County and if these hotspots overlap with any specific wineries.. Read on to learn more about the relationship between wineries and DUIs.
Where DUI Arrests Happen Most Often in Sonoma County
In Sonoma County, wineries dot the landscape, with a heavy concentration of wineries in the valleys adjacent to the 101. It may not be surprising to learn that in the areas with the highest concentrations of wineries, DUI arrests tend to be higher as well.
Our Sonoma DUI heatmap illustrates this point. On the map, the areas in red represent locations with a higher number of DUI arrests. Orange and yellow areas show places with slightly lower DUI arrests, followed by blue and green. WIneries are represented by purple dots.