Annual DUI Study Shows Elgin Push to Increase DUI Arrests Pays Off

DUI-1Every year the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists releases it’s annual DUI arrest survey for Illinois DUI arrests.  This year’s study has some interesting statistics and numbers that I want to share with my readers.  The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists sends out surveys to almost 700 police agencies in Illinois.  Roughly 81% of the police agencies responded and they release the findings every year.

For 2016, Rockford reported the most DUI arrests in Illinois, with 459. The top 10 list included the local towns of Elgin, with 365, Naperville, with 312, and Carol Stream with 305.  On the lower part of the top 10 was Cicero, with 305, Aurora, with 234, Lombard, with 233, Oak Lawn, with 233, Joliet, with 212, and Elmhurst, with 201.  The DUI arrest statistics from Chicago are not included in the annual Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists survey because the numbers from Chicago would dwarf any other town in Illinois, so they place the statistics for Chicago DUI arrests in it’s own, separate category.

The list provided by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists is lengthy since it covers virtually every town and village in Illinois.  I want to include some of the local towns and villages that could be of interest to my readers. The first number is what place the town or village is in with DUI arrests in Illinois, and the second number is the total number of DUI arrests reported:

18.  Hanover Park – 180

23.  St. Charles – 148

27.  Schaumburg – 135

28.  Palatine – 134

29.  Wheaton – 131

29.  Wood Dale – 131

30.  Arlington Heights – 128

31.  Downers Grove – 125

32.  Glen Ellyn – 119

33.  Mt. Prospect – 118

34.  Crystal Lake – 117

37.  Hoffman Estates – 109

39.  Skokie – 105

41.  Evanston – 100

43.  Addison – 96

43.  Wheeling – 96

46.  Lake Zurich – 92

47.  Bartlett – 91

57.  Streamwood – 76

60.  Hinsdale – 72

78.  Roselle – 49

84.  Elk Grove Village – 43

90.  South Elgin – 37.

They also surveyed DUI arrests for County Sheriff Departments.  In first place was Winnebago County, with 471 DUI arrests.  The biggest town in Winnebago County is Rockford.  So with Rockford leading the way in local police agencies, and Winnebago County leading the way with Sheriff Department’s, I think it’s safe to say that if you have been drinking and are thinking of driving a motor vehicle, it would be wise to avoid being anywhere near Rockford.  In second place among Sheriff Department’s was Lake County with 311 DUI arrests, DeKalb County, home of Northern Illinois University, was in third place with 225 DUI arrests, and Cook County was in fourth place with 221 DUI arrests.  The DuPage County Sheriff’s Department was in 16th place with 88 DUI arrests.  The Kane County Sheriff’s Department was in 17th place with 84 DUI arrests.

Looking at the above statistics, there’s 2 towns I want to focus on.  First, let’s look at Elgin in Kane County. Elgin saw a 34.7% increase in DUI arrests from 2015 to 2016.  The big increase in Elgin DUI arrests pushed Elgin into 3rd place among municipal law enforcement DUI arrests in Illinois.  This big increase in Elgin DUI arrests was not by chance or by mistake.  Elgin had received a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to provide specialized DUI enforcement training for it’s police officer’s.  Elgin used that money allowing it to spend more time on providing the training to its officers.  In addition to Elgin moving into third place, the DUI arrest rate for each individual Elgin Police Officer was 5.17 arrests per officer.  The highest such rate in Illinois among any Illinois police department with more than 200 DUI arrests.

The second town I want to look at is Carol Stream in DuPage County. Even though Carol Stream was in fifth place with 305 DUI arrests, they had a 34.3% decrease in the number of DUI arrests from 2015 to 2016. Carol Stream is always near the top of municipalities for DUI arrests every year. More than half of Carol Stream police officers have advanced DUI training. I can’t find any reason for the drop in Carol Stream DUI arrests other than for the Police Commander telling the Daily Herald that officers had been reassigned to other tasks in 2016. It will be interesting to see what happens with Elgin and Carol Stream DUI arrests in 2017.

James Dimeas, is a nationally-recognized, award-winning, DUI lawyer, with over-27 years of experience handling DUI’s in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. Recently, James Dimeas was named a “Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer in the State of Illinois for the Year 2018 and 2019” by the American Society of Legal Advocates. James Dimeas was named a “Best DUI Attorney” and a “Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago” by Expertise. James Dimeas was named a “Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers. The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys awarded James Dimeas the “Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Illinois.” James Dimeas is rated “Superb” by AVVO, the highest classification possible for any DUI lawyer in the United States. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized James Dimeas as a “10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction.” Attorney and Practice Magazine gave James Dimeas the “Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Award for Illinois.

If you are facing DUI charges in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, or Lake County, you can always contact James Dimeas for a free and confidential consultation.  You can always talk to James Dimeas personally by calling him at 847-807-7405.

Additional Resources:

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists AAIM DUI Survey, 2017.

Elgin Tops DUI Arrest Increase Across State, Elena Ferrarin, The Daily Herald, June 27, 2017.

Additional Posts:

Arlington Heights Police Announce “Specialized Traffic Enforcement Campaign” for 4th of July Weekend, James G. Dimeas, Chicago Criminal Lawyer Blog, June 27, 2017.

What Happens if I Refuse to Take a Breathalyzer Test in Illinois, James G. Dimeas, Chicago Criminal Lawyer Blog, May 16, 2017.