Aurora police rank second in drunk driving arrests outside of Chicago

According to Alliance Against Drunk Driversannual survey released Thursday.

Aurora officers made 325 arrests in 2021, second only to the Decatur Police Department’s 353, the report said.

For Aurora, Illinois’ second-largest city, it marked a 62.5% increase from its 2020 total of 200, according to AAIM, whose annual survey of 700 police departments is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

DuPage County law enforcement agencies, including Lombard, Carol Stream, Elmhurst and Naperville, were among others credited with the most arrests.

Lombard was third in the state, with 300 impaired driving arrests, followed by Elgin with 276, Franklin Park with 255, Bloomington with 252, Carol Stream with 250, Elmhurst with 235 and Naperville with 227.

“Progress has been made to help eliminate the ravages of impaired driving in Illinois. Although frustratingly slow, many lives have been saved,” said AAIM Executive Director, Rita Kreslin, in a prepared statement. “The focused efforts and cooperation of law enforcement, road safety advocates and communities have helped prevent crashes and saved thousands of lives.”

According to the survey, impaired driving arrests by the Chicago Police Department decreased by 27.6% in 2021, with 1,622 arrests compared to 2,240 in 2020. Meanwhile, police arrests in the State of Illinois grew 10.9% to 6,596 in 2021 from 5,947 in 2020.

Among Sheriff’s departments, Winnebago County made the most impaired driving arrests in 2021 with 420, followed by 338 arrests by Lake County Sheriff’s Police, 232 by Lake County Sheriff’s Police. McHenry, 218 by Macon County Sheriff’s Police and 179 by McLean County Sheriff’s Police.

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