The Chicago Police Department has announced that it will be in force tonight in the Gresham District, conducting a “DUI Strike Patrol” starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight through 3:00 a.m.
From their press release:
The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations. Police vehicles equipped for speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding violators. In addition, the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow officers to expedite the process of charging a person with Driving under the Influence (DUI) prior to transporting an alleged into the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows for Individual Recognizance Bonds (I-Bonds) to be issued at the site of the DUI Strike Force Patrol.
You may ask, why do I say “annoy motorists” instead of “protect the public”?
Because look at their stats from last week’s DUI Strike Patrol, conducted in the Grand Crossing District: 135 citations, only one of them was for DUI.
One DUI on a Saturday night? Are you kidding me? Any patrol officer can get a DUI while out on patrol on a Saturday in Chicago between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Why not use some of those officers instead to stop people from getting killed a block from the Chicago Police’s main headquarters?
Thats my 2 cents.