Police launch DUI patrols

The Chicago Police Department will be conducting DUI saturation patrols this weekend in the Deering and Ogden police districts.

Saturation patrols will take place from 7 p.m. Friday, June 21 to 3 a.m. Saturday, June 22 in the Deering (9th) Police District and from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday in the Ogden (10th) 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 department’s 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 an alleged offender into 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.

Results of the DUI saturation patrol conducted in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District on June 14-15 were:

  • DUI arrests: 2
  • Unsafe vehicle violations: 29
  • Insurance violations: 7
  • Driver’s license violations: 8
  • Seat-belt violations: 4
  • Traffic violations: 18
  • Vehicles towed: 2

Results of the DUI saturation patrol conducted in the Rogers Park (24th) District on June 15-16 were:

  • DUI arrests: 0
  • Unsafe vehicle violations: 17
  • Insurance violations: 5
  • Driver’s license violations: 5
  • Seat-belt violations: 12
  • Traffic violations: 11
  • Other arrests (possession of controlled substance): 1
  • Vehicles towed: 2