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Chicago Police Making More DUI Arrests

October 11th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Illinois DUI Arrests IncreaseA recent study found there has been a significant increase in the driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by the Chicago Police.

The DUI study, conducted by Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM), revealed a 25 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2012, compared to the total number in 2011. The AAIM conducted the study utilizing grant money from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The total number of DUI arrests in 2012 was 3,795, up from 3,037 in 2011. The study cited two Chicago police officers having the most significant number of arrests. One officer made 179 arrests and the other officer made 154 DUI arrests. The Illinois State Police officer cited with the highest number of arrests took 205 alleged drunk driving motorists into custody.

In the report, AAIM Vice President Marto Belluschi called drunk drivers who are busted “the lucky ones” because they are stopped by an officer “rather than a tree, another car or a small child.”

The legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) in Illinois is .08. According to the Secretary of State, it would take a 170-pound man four drinks consumed on an empty stomach in one hour to hit that limit. A 137-pound woman would need three drinks in an hour to hit that limit. Examples of one drink include 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine or a cocktail containing 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

Other statistics provided by the Secretary of State’s Office include:

  • Three out of four DUI offenders are men.
  • The average age is 34, with 60 percent under the age of 35.
  • The average DUI offender is arrested between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. on a weekend.
  • The average drunken driver is caught with a blood alcohol level of .16 percent, or twice the legal limit.

Even a first time DUI offender faces loss of license for one year plus fines and court fees. If you’ve been arrested and accused of drunken driving, contact an experienced DuPage County DUI attorney to ensure your rights are protected in the criminal court process.

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