This Wednesday will be “Speed Awareness Day” which means extra traffic enforcement

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This coming Wednesday will be the third annual “Speed Awareness Day.”

According to Central Illinois Proud:

During the day of awareness, motorists can expect to see and increase in police presence. The Illinois State Police is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through enforcement and education.

Pretty much every police department, from Addison to Zion will ramping up their speed enforcement on Wednesday.  So don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

And as a further reminder, driving 26-34 miles per hour over the speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor, and 35 miles or over is a Class A misdemeanor.

Please slow down.

Expect Enhanced DUI Enforcement for the 4th of July

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The Illinois State Police and more than 150 local police departments are planning enhanced DUI patrols and roadblocks for the Fourth of July holiday.

According to Patch:

This Fourth of July, please designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family members drive
drunk. Other important tips include:

  • Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.
  • If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass
  • transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences.

Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists releases its annual Top Cops list

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists has released its annual report of the Illinois police departments and officers who made the most DUI arrests in 2017.

The Top Cop list is as follows:

Rank
Title
Top Cops
Department
DUI Arrests
1 Trooper Eric David ISP District Chicago 208
2 Officer Timothy Walter Chicago District #19 167
3 Officer Benjamin McGill Springfield 132
4 Officer Elliot Tupayachi Chicago District #19 124
5 Investigator Andrew Hartman Rockford 110
6 Officer Paul Dublinski Elgin 105
7 Officer Carlos Ortiz Chicago District #19 104

The top suburban police departments (i.e., not including Chicago (1,982 DUI arrests in 2017) or the Illinois State Police (5,234 arrests) are below:

Rank
Municipality
2017
DUI Arrests
% Change from
2016 to 2017
2016
DUI Arrests
1 Rockford 490 6.8% 459
2 Elgin 418 14.5% 365
3 Decatur 391 -2.5% 401
4 Cicero 341 11.8% 305
5 Aurora 326 39.3% 234
6 Lombard 313 34.3% 233
7 Carol Stream 291 -4.6% 305
8 Springfield 288 25.2% 230
9 Naperville 271 -13.1% 312
10 Normal 246 2.9% 239
11 Fairview Heights 219 4.3% 210
12 Orland Park 216 17.4% 184
13 Elmhurst 214 6.5% 201
14 Gurnee 211 40.7% 150

 

Schaumburg Police Officer arrested for DUI after crash, refused breath test

A Schaumburg police officer with 28 years on the force resigned after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI after crashing into a tree.  Credit to his fellow officers for not giving him a pass.

According to news reports, the officer refused to take a blood, breath or urine test.  I wonder what he learned in his 28 years of policing that lead him to make that decision?

You can read the entire story here:  https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/schaumburg-police-officer-charged-with-dui-resigns-after-28-years/

Hinsdale Police Planning Extra DUI and Seat Belt Enforcements for Memorial Day Weekend

From the Patch:

The Hinsdale Police Department will conduct special patrols this Memorial Day to crack down on drunk drivers and encourage people to wear their seat belts.

“We’re urging our community’s residents and guests to plan ahead for Memorial Day celebrations,” Chief Brian King said in a release. “If you’re going to drink, designate a sober driver before you go out. Remember: It’s not just about you. There are other people on the roads who want to get where they are going safely.”

Illinois State Police to Conduct Roadblock in McHenry County this weekend

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From the Patch:

The Illinois State Police will conduct a roadside safety check over the upcoming weekend in McHenry County. State police officers will be teaming up with the Algonquin Police Department as part of the roadside safety check. Authorities will be on the lookout for drivers who are driving under the influence, speeding, safety belt and child restraint violations and other Illinois vehicle code and criminal violations.

The use of Roadside Safety Checks combine a sense of public awareness and enforcement in order to save lives, according to a Illinois State Police news release.

Elgin Police Officer charged with off-duty DUI

From the Chicago Tribune:

An Elgin police officer is hospitalized in critical condition following an off-duty motorcycle crash Thursday in which he was charged with drunken driving, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

Kenneth W. Ericson, 49, of the 300 block of Cassidy Lane, Elgin, was driving a 2013 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on Baseline Road, near Glidden Road, just after 3 p.m. when he failed to yield at a stop sign and collided with a 2009 Toyota Camry driven by Mark A. Sparacino, of Rochelle, a sheriff’s office release said.

Ericson was airlifted to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford by Lifeline Helicopter. Sparacino was uninjured in the crash, according to the report.

Ericson was charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the report.