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Police Plan DUI Strike this Weekend

The Chicago Police say they’ll target the 19th District to take down residents driving under the influence. See when they’ll be checking your car here.

The Chicago Police Department will conduct a DUI Strike Force Patrol in the Town Hall 19th District this weekend.

The 19th District covers Lake View, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, North Center, Lincoln Square and Uptown.  The district provides police protection on Chicago's north side, from Lawrence Avenue on the north, Fullerton Avenue on the south, the Chicago River on the west and Lake Michigan on the east. 

Starting Saturday at 8 p.m., the strike will last until 4 a.m. on Sunday. But it's not just drinkers who are targets. 

“The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving,” police said in a statement. “Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations.”  

Police officials say they have vehicles equipped for speed detection to snag speeders.

And according to the statement, cops may also have their special Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit on the scene. It’s used to allow officers to expedite the process of charging a person with driving under the influence before transporting them to the nearest lockup for bonding.  

The mobile unit also allows for Individual Recognizance Bonds, or I-Bonds, to be issued at the scene. 

The DUI Strike Force Patrol conducted in the Englewood 7th District on February 1-2 resulted in the following:

  • Driving Under the Influence: 2 
  • Unsafe Vehicle: 29  
  • Insurance Violations: 14  
  • Drivers License Violations: 18   
  • Traffic Violations (Other): 50
  • Total Citations: 113    
  • Other Arrests: 0                             
  • Vehicles Towed: 7 

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Phuong February 08, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Someone should let the 19th district know to be near the corner of School St. & Oakley Ave between the hours of 3am-5am to catch all the drunk drivers coming from the Blue Light Bar on Western Ave.
The Truth February 08, 2013 at 06:31 PM
What about WWKUIOMCWOOH? (walking with knife under the influence of meth or coke while overserved on Halsted).
Carrie Frillman February 09, 2013 at 05:19 PM
That is not a bad suggestion at all, Phuong. I was almost hit there once while out for a very early morning run.
The Truth February 09, 2013 at 08:11 PM
The stats in the article speak for themselves. 113 citations and only 2 for DUI's. It's all about $$$ and ticket revenue. Like the red-light cameras in Chicago, if you think this is about your safety, you're highly mistaken.

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