Abilene police arrested 12 people for DWI compared to nine last year.
Police instated a "no refusal" policy for all drivers suspected of being under the influence. Normally, drivers are allowed to refuse a breath test. During "no refusal" periods, drivers must either take the breath test or have blood drawn to test for blood alcohol levels.
APD says the increase in arrests is actually a sign that officers are more successful at getting drunk drivers off the road.
So far in 2009, 261 drivers have been arrested for DWI.
Boating while intoxicated arrests were down this year in the area. There were only two arrests in the local 15-county district. About 100 citations and warnings were issued to boaters.