Back in January of 2009, Dayne Miller was elected as the County Attorney. That year, he filed 300 cases and disposed of 231. These cases included a variety of different charges, but one charge caught Miller's eye. That year, there were 91 DWIs. He quickly spearheaded an initiative that included raising fines for first and second time offenders and increasing jail time. Prior to Miller taking office, the penalty for a first time DWI, a class B misdemeanor, was usually 180 days in jail probated for a year on top of a $500 fine. Miller added 10 days to that jail term as a condition of getting probation, and another $250 onto the normal $500 fine. After the first year of his increased DWI penally policy, Miller noticed a substantial drop in incidents from 91 all the way down to 51 in 2010. It was in that year that Miller began implementing a "no refusal" policy during DWI stops on particularly busy weekends such as Labor Day or New Year's Eve. This meant that if a driver refused to blow on a breathalyzer or allow blood to be drawn, he or she could be detained until the officer on the scene acquired a search warrant to draw the blood without the driver's consent. "When I started regularly getting the blood result, the higher their blood alcohol content was, the tougher the fine would be," Miller explained. "If it was really high, then instead of a year's probation, they'd be looking at 18 months or two years, which is the most I can give them." This proved so successful that Miller changed the policy from being implemented on busy weekends to anytime. By the end of 2011, the number of DWIs dropped again from 51 to 37. It seemed that Miller's approach was working. However, the numbers for 2012 show an increase in DWIs in Young County from 37 back up to 55, and the current cases in 2013 up to July are already at 30. Read the full story in the Wednesday edition of the Graham Leader.