Chicago police plan DUI patrols

Chronicle Media

Danger on the street. Blue flasher on the police car at night.

The Chicago Police Department will be conducting DUI saturation patrols this weekend in the Grand Central and South Chicago areas.

Saturation patrols will take place from 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 24) to 3 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 25) in the Grand Central (25th) District and from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 26) in the South Chicago (4th) District.

The purpose of the program is to saturate a designated area with roving police officers who 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 Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow officers to speed up charging a person with driving under the influence prior to transporting a suspect into the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows for individual recognizance bonds to be issued at the site of a DUI saturation patrol.

The DUI saturation patrols conducted Jan. 17-19 in the Chicago Lawn (8th) and Near West (12th) districts on January 17-18, 2020 resulted in the following arrests and citations:

  • Driving under the influence – 2
  • Unsafe vehicle – 59
  • Driver’s license – 16
  • Insurance – 25
  • Seat belt – 17
  • Traffic – 35
  • Vehicles towed — 5