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.

McHenry County Institutes “No Refusal” DUI Blood Draw Policy

From the Chicago Tribune:

Police in McHenry County will be out for blood with drivers who refuse to take breath tests for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Nine departments in the northwest suburban county announced they will seek immediate search warrants during traffic stops to draw blood from suspected drunken or drugged drivers who refuse to blow for a breath test.

The new policy is meant to counter drivers, particularly repeat DUI offenders, who increasingly refuse breath tests, which makes it more difficult to prosecute them, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said in a news release.

Starting Sunday, police in Algonquin, Cary, Harvard, Huntley, Johnsburg, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Spring Grove and Woodstock will institute the new policy.

Woodstock police Chief John Lieb said in the release that the policy will deter some people from driving while impaired.

While DUI suspects face severe civil penalties if they refuse a breath test — like driver’s license suspensions — police generally can’t force a suspect to submit to a blood test.

If the warrant is granted by a judge, the suspect will be taken to a nearby emergency room, where blood will be drawn and tested for alcohol and drugs.

The policy will be aided by an electronic warrant system launched last year, allowing police to generate an e-warrant that can be sent electronically to a judge for review. Officers can also communicate with a judge through teleconferencing and ultimately obtain a warrant through a judge’s electronic signature, if the judge agrees.

“The days of drunk drivers refusing to blow thinking that they can beat a DUI charge are coming to an end,” Kenneally said. “This new policy means that we’re going to ensure we have all the evidence we need to successfully prosecute drunk drivers every time.”

In addition to holding offenders accountable, Cary police Chief Patrick Finlon said in the release that the initiative “will create strong cases for the prosecution, thereby encouraging a defendant to seek plea negotiations, reducing the need for investigating officers to appear in court, and improving law enforcement patrol staffing.”