State Police, Chicago, Naperville, Itasca and Rockford top the list for most DUI arrests in Illinois

DUIfieldtestsThe Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists has released its annual DUI arrest surveyt, and it shows that outside of the City of Chicago, Rockford had the most DUI arrests of any municipality in Illinois (although the State Police were the top DUI writers).  Naperville came second.  Itasca had the most DUI arrests per officer.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Naperville police collared more motorists suspected of drunken driving in 2012 than any other Chicago suburb for the third straight year, according to an annual survey by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.

Itasca, meanwhile, had the highest DUI arrest rate per officer statewide, the results showed.

The annual survey, funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, was based on data from more than 500 police departments.

Statewide, Rockford netted the highest number of DUI arrests outside Chicago for the sixth consecutive year with 699, followed by Naperville (576), Springfield (460), Peoria (426), Decatur (408), Carol Stream (389), Aurora (330), Elmhurst (324), Rock Island (323) and Normal (322)…

Itasca’s rate of 11.78 DUI arrests per police officer put it solidly in the state’s top spot for arrest rates for the second straight year, followed by Carol Stream with 6.59 and Fairview Heights with 6.33…

AAIM’s survey does not provide a complete picture, however. The response rate of police departments was about 84 percent, and the survey tracks arrests, not convictions. Some of the departments making the top 10 for number of arrests may not be surprising, as half of them also are in the top 10 for population.

Chicago is in its own category due to its size. Chicago police made 3,795 DUI arrests last year, a 25 percent increase over 2011. Illinois State Police arrested 7,220 suspected impaired drivers last year, a 25.7 percent decline, according to the survey.

Over the past several years, the state’s total number of DUI arrests has been dropping, falling to 38,704 in 2011 compared with 48,113 in 2008, according to Illinois secretary of state figures.

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