SALINAS, Calif--The numbers are startling. According to the Attorney General's Office, nearly 14,000 people were arrested in Monterey County back in 2008 for misdemeanor DUI. Another 337 were felony DUI arrests. Officers with the California Highway Patrol say those numbers are frustrating.
"Very much so," says Officer Robert Lehman, CHP. "Especially when we see anybody get hurt. Anybody get killed. Even more so when it's an innocent party."
The problem though is keeping those drivers off the roads. After your first offense, your license can be suspended for six months. Second offense, two year license suspension. Third offense, three years suspension. At four years, that's when it becomes a felony, and your license is suspended for up to four years. Officers and District Attorney's say that's not keeping drivers off the roads.
"Just because they don't have a piece of paper