NAPERVILLE – The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) has released its annual Illinois DUI arrest survey for 2013 and Naperville placed high on the list.
For the seventh time, the Rockford Police Department was first in the state for DIU arrests among municipal departments with 556 arrests.
The survey put the Naperville Police Department (NPD) in second with 553 arrests. That number is down 4 percent from 2012 when the NPD had 576 arrests, but was still in the top two.
Those more than 550 arrests translates into about three per sworn officer, the ninth highest ratio of arrests per officer in Illinois. The NPD’s numbers came in below the state average of about five arrests per sworn officer.
Officer Sean Driscoll issued 45 DUI arrests in 2013 the most of any NPD officer.
Because of its size, Chicago is in its own category.
Rounding out the top 10 departments were:
3. Decatur – 485 arrests
4. Springfield – 410 arrests
5. Carol Stream – 392 arrests
6. Elmhurst – 300 arrests
7. Normal – 279 arrests
8. Rock Island – 274 arrests
9. Oak Lawn – 262 arrests
10. Aurora – 256 arrests
The sheriff’s department reporting the most DUI arrests was Lake County with 348. Cook (306), Winnebago (295), Will (262) and DuPage (245) Counties rounded out the top five.
“Of all the people who died in Illinois motor vehicle crashes, thirty-five percent lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver, that is more than 350 deaths each year,” said Rita Kreslin, Executive Director of AAIM in a news release. “Departments that make more DUI arrests and who have effective DUI enforcement in their communities are saving lives by preventing impaired driving crashes and crash fatalities.”
Nearly 700 police agencies across the state were surveyed with 84 percent participation. In 2013, 9,302 Illinois motorists were arrested for driving under the influence.
Since 1990, AAIM has conducted the survey of Illinois police departments to find out how many DUI arrests they made in a given year. AAIM hopes to give recognitions to the most productive departments and officers.
The survey is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
AAIM is an Illinois-only citizen activist group founded in 1982 by victims of drunk driving. Prevention, victim advocacy, and legislation encompass the mission of AAIM, a recognized Illinois expert on these issues. The survey provides a valuable service to Illinois citizens by encouraging them to compare the DUI enforcement record of their local police department with that of other communities. As a result, the group hopes public pressure can be applied, where needed, to encourage DUI enforcement as a priority.
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