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Annual DUI Study Ranks Suburbs For DUI Arrests

DUIIt’s that time of the year again. The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists has released its annual study that keeps track of DUI arrests throughout Illinois. Once again, Rockford and Elgin top the list of towns in Illinois reporting the most DUI arrests in 2017. In 2017, Rockford reported 490 DUI arrests compared to 459 in 2016. The 2017 figures represent a 6.8% increase over the 2016 DUI arrest figures. Elgin came in second with a total of 418 DUI arrests in 2017. Elgin had 365 DUI arrest in 2016, a 14.5% increase over 2017.

Every year, Schaumburg based Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists sends out surveys to roughly 700 police departments throughout the State of Illinois. Most of the police agencies respond to the surveys and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists releases the figures for DUI arrests throughout all of the cities and towns in Illinois and gives us a picture of which towns are more aggressive when it comes to DUI arrests.

The lengthy list of DUI arrests compiled by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists has the DUI arrest figures for virtually every town and village in the State of Illinois. I want to include the figures for local towns and villages that may be of interest to my readers. Chicago is not on this list because Chicago has far and away the most arrests and is included on a seperate list published by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists. The first number in the list below is what place the town or village is in and the second number is the total number of DUI arrests in 2017:

1. Rockford – 490

2. Elgin – 418

4. Cicero – 341

5. Aurora – 326

6. Lombard – 313

7. Carol Stream – 291

9. Naperville – 271

12.Orland Park – 216

13.Elmhurst – 214

14.Gurnee – 211

Rockford and Elgin were in first and second place last year. Elgin saw a big increase in last year’s figures. This year, Elgin continues to see strong increases in the number of DUI arrests by it’s Police Department. The three towns on this list that I want to focus on are Gurney, Aurora, and Lombard. Last year, Gurnee had the biggest increase in DUI arrests over the previous year. Gurnee saw a 40.7% increase in the number of arrests. Last year, Gurnee had 211 DUI arrests. The previous year, Gurnee only had 150 DUI arrests. Gurnee’s Police Chief admits that the Gurnee Police Department has put a greater emphasis on DUI arrests and have has committed additional Department resources to target DUI arrests.

Of the 418 DUI arrests in Elgin, one Elgin Police Officer made 105 DUI arrests in 2017. That’s almost 25% of the total DUI arrests in Elgin made by one police officer in 2017.

Once again, Carol Stream saw a drop in the number of DUI arrests. This is the second year in a row that Carol Stream has had a drop in the number of DUI arrests. Last year, Carol Stream saw a 34.3% decrease in the number of DUI arrests. This year, Carol Stream saw a 4.6% decrease in the number of DUI arrests. In last year’s study, Carol Stream was in 5th place. This year Carol Stream has fallen to 7th place. In the past. Carol Stream was one of the leading towns for DUI arrests. While Carol Stream continues to see a drop in DUI arrests, the pace of the decrease seems to be decreasing.

Here is a list of DUI arrests by local County Sheriff’s Departments. The first number indicates the ranking of each County and the second number is the total number of DUI arrests made by that counties Sheriff’s Department:

1. Winnebago – 571

2. McLean – 237

3. McHenry – 249

4. DeKalb – 203

5. Lake – 254

6. Will – 206

7. Cook – 250

Winnebago County, home of Rockford, came in first place last year. With the Rockford Police leading the way in DUI arrests by local Police Departments, and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department leading the way in DUI arrests for the second year in a row, Rockford seems to be the one place you want to avoid driving a car Under the Influence of Alcohol.

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Additional Resources:

Which Suburbs Are Arresting the Most Suspected Drunk Drivers?, by Charles Keeshan and Sandra Sarkauskas, The Daily Herald, June 29, 2018.

Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, Annual DUI Survey.

Additional Blogs:

Annual DUI Study Shows Elgin Push to Increase DUI Arrests Pays Off, by James G. Dimeas, Chicago Criminal Lawyer Blog, June 29, 2017.

McHenry County and Lake County Announce Drastic Expansion of Police DUI Authority, by James G. Dimeas, Chicago Criminal Lawyer Blog, April 15, 2018.

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