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First D.U.I Arrest is History

Bad parking lot markingsEver wondered when the first arrest was made for driving under the influence?

And the answer is:

London taxi driver, George Smith, became the world’s first person ever arrested for D.U.I. following an accident in which he slammed his cab into a building. Smith confessed and quietly paid his 25 shilling fine. The year was 1897.

It took another 13 years before the first D.U.I laws appeared in the United States, beginning in New York and then in California shortly thereafter.