Police to begin aggressive DUI enforcement for Halloween beginning Oct 19

From the Patch:

The Buffalo Grove Police Department will be on the lookout for drunken drivers over the Halloween holiday. An “aggressive” enforcement effort will kick off on Oct. 19 and continue through Nov. 3, according to a news release from the police department.

Read the entire story at:  https://patch.com/illinois/buffalogrove/police-conduct-aggressive-dui-detail-over-halloween-cops

Expect Heightened DUI Patrols Super Bowl Weekend

Police reports are gearing up for an expected uptick of drunk drivers this weekend.

From the Chicago Police:

The Chicago Police Department is conducting DUI Saturation Patrols in the Wentworth (2nd) and Near West (12th) Districts this weekend. The DUI Saturation Patrol in the Wentworth (2nd) District will commence at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 and end at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The DUI Saturation Patrol in the Near West (12th) District will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 and end at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
The Illinois State Police will be out in force as well:

The Illinois State Police Department says they are increasing patrols for super bowl weekend to crack down on drunk drivers.

State troopers will also be on the lookout for speeding seat belts and distracted driving.

Public safety officer Sean Ramsey says you won’t just see state police out on the highway.

“We can be on the interstate, state routes, in town,” Illinois State Police Trooper Sean Ramsey said. “So really they have the latitude to go where they want. Where they think that these violations may be occurring.”

The Cook County Sheriff has also announced that it will be conducting heightened efforts:

Cook County Sheriff’s Police are scheduled to conduct enhanced patrols this weekend, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Sheriff’s Police are conducting countywide DUI enforcement patrols today, Saturday and Sunday nights. They will also be on the lookout for those violating seatbelt laws, today, Saturday and Monday.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will conduct special traffic patrols this Super Bowl weekend, cracking down on alcohol-impaired drivers, drug-impaired drivers, and those not wearing their seatbelts.

Buffalo Grove police will be out in force this Super Bowl weekend, cracking down on seat belt law violators and alcohol and drug-impaired drivers.

Department officials announced the beefed up patrol efforts last week, reminding residents, “If you plan on drinking alcohol while cheering on your team, pass your keys to a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins.”

The initiative coincides with the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Other police departments will be out as well.  Please be safe and don’t drink and drive!

Man arrested for DUI after crashing into liquor store


From the Chicago Tribune (story by Ronnie Wachter):

A Wheeling man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol this week, after police say he drove an SUV through the window of an area liquor store.

According to a Buffalo Grove police report, Ramakanth Gentela, 40, of the 1600 block of Woodduck Lane in Wheeling, drove a Land Rover on Tuesday to BG Liquor, 223 W. Dundee Road.

“He was attempting to park his vehicle and accidentally accelerated, causing his Land Rover to crash into a sign (belonging to the business) and then crash into the glass entrance doors, causing severe damage,” an officer wrote in the police report.

Police photos of the scene show the car hit and bent BG Liquor’s double front glass doors, but did not break through them. According to the police report, firefighters examined the brick walls on both sides and declared the building sound for continued operation, but recommended that the owner board up his now open-air store.

The Land Rover suffered heavy front-end damage and was leaking fluid, the report said.

“I could immediately smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath,” the reporting officer wrote in the report.

Gentela had a blood-alcohol content of 0.135, police said. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.