Have you ever wondered which law enforcement agencies arrest the most drivers for drunk driving? If you have, you’re in luck, because the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists recently released their annual list of the Illinois agencies that make the most DUI arrests each year. Today, we take a look at the top ten.
Most DUI Arrests in Illinois
AAIM has been compiling the annual list since 1990, and the vast majority of police agencies report their DUI statistics to the group. An estimated 81 percent of law enforcement agencies responded for the 2015 poll.
Top honors were split between the Carol Stream and Rockford, who both tallied 464 DUI arrests. Decatur, which finished in the top spot in 2014, fell to third with 405 arrests. Sprindfield finished fourth with 385 DUI arrests, while Naperville came in fifth with 369 DUI arrests last year.
Rounding out the top ten were Peoria, who notched an 84 percent gain between 2014 and 2015, Normal, Cicero, Elgin and Aurora. Here’s a list version of the top ten.
1. Carol Stream – 464 DUI Arrests
1. Rockford – 464 DUI Arrests
3. Decatur – 405 DUI Arrests
4. Springfield – 385 DUI Arrests
5. Naperville – 369 DUI Arrests
6. Peoria – 309 DUI Arrests
7. Normal – 305 DUI Arrests
8. Cicero – 300 DUI Arrests
9. Elgin – 271 DUI Arrests
10. Aurora – 253 DUI Arrests
Here are some quick facts about the numbers:
- Naperville has ranked in the top five for DUI arrests for each of the last 15 years.
- Elgin posted an increase of 19 percent between 2014 and 2015.
- If you’re wondering where Chicago ranks, the city was excluded because of its size.
- Carol Stream had the highest rate of DUI arrest in the state, registering 7.61 DUi arrests per officer.
“Over the last three decades, progress has been made to help eliminate the devastation caused by impaired driving in Illinois,” said Rita Kreslin, AAIM’s executive director. “Focused efforts and cooperation of law enforcement agencies, traffic safety advocates and communities have helped to prevent crashes and save thousands of lives. [We have] great respect for all these officers and departments for their aggressive DUI enforcement. We are grateful for their willingness to put forth the extra effort in removing drunk drivers from our roads.”