Chicago police plan DUI patrols

Chicago police will conduct three DUI saturation patrols this weekend — two on Lake Shore Drive and one in the Near North part of the city.

Saturation patrols will be held between 7 p.m. July 6 and 3 a.m. July 7 on Lake Shore Drive from 5700 South to Sheridan Road.

The third saturation patrol will be from 7 p.m. July 7 to 3 a.m. July 8 in the Near North (18th) Police 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 expedite the process of charging a person with driving under the influence prior to transporting the suspect to the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows for individual recognizance bonds to be issued at the site of the DUI saturation patrol.

The Chicago Police Department’s DUI saturation patrols last weekend resulted in two driving under the influence arrests.

The DUI saturation patrol conducted in the Austin (15th) District on June 29-30, resulted in the following arrests and citations:

  • Driving under the influence1
  • Unsafe vehicle violations — 21
  • Insurance — 10
  • Driver’s license — 6
  • Seat belt — 9
  • Traffic violations — 41
  • Other arrests — 3 (Firearm without Firearms Owner Identification, suspended license and revoked license)
  • Vehicles towed — 3