Did you notice something wrong about that statement? If you divide 20,000 arrests by 365 (the number of days in a year), you will learn that 54 people were arrested each day for drunk driving. If you look specifically at the St. Patrick's Day time period and do the math, 166/5 days, you will learn that during the St. Patrick's Day period they only arrested 33 people per day. In other words, during this "high drinking" time, the police who were out "in force," were arresting less people. If they would have arrested at their normal rate, they should have arrested 270.
So, I asked the news station about this discrepancy. I don't know if they will respond or not.
Beware of what you watch, whether it is the news or not. Think things through. Obviously, there could be a reason why there is a discrepancy. Maybe, the 20,000 refers to all police departments and the 166 refers to only the state police. That might make sense, but then why not compare apples with apples? If you watch TV, if you read books or spend time on the Internet, or even if you read this blog, think things true. Search for the truth. If you don't, somebody could lead you astray.