By Michael Cuneo –
Peachtree City police have released reports showing that drug and DUI crimes have seen a massive increase in recent years.
According to a report disclosed at the Peachtree City Council meeting on Oct. 21, felony drug arrests are up more than 700% since 2019, while daytime DUI charges increased by 152% in the same time.
With 2021 nearing an end, felony drug charges have been recorded 137 times, a number that dwarfs the 17 reported in 2019 and more than doubles the 63 reported in 2020.
While just 18 instances of daytime DUI charges transpired in 2019, the number rose to 46 in 2021. DUI charges as a whole have seen a recent influx as 193 have been reported to date in 2021.
Peachtree City police say they don’t have a particular reason for the increases in drug charges, saying that the issue is complex.
“It’d be hard to pin it down to a single determinative factor. There’s obviously an increased prevalence of overall drug abuse in society currently. There’s a readily availability and access to these drugs as well,” Lt. Chris Hyatt told Fox 5 Atlanta.
The report also noted that some crimes, including shoplifting and graffiti, saw a significant decrease in 2021.