Saturday, February 23, 2019

DUI Strike Force To Be In 19th District Saturday Night

It's obviously never a good idea to drive under the influence, but Saturday is a particularly bad choice to do it, because the CPD's DUI Strike Force will be out in the 19th District (Fullerton to Lawrence, the lake to the river).

The saturation begins at 7pm Saturday, February 23rd, and ends at 3am Sunday, February 24th.

The press release says, "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. 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 (BAT) Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow officers to expedite the process of charging a person with Driving under the Influence (DUI) prior to transporting an alleged into the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows for Individual Recognizance Bonds (I-Bonds) to be issued at the site of the DUI Strike Force Patrol."

A couple of weeks ago, the Strike Force was out in the Jefferson Park District, and wrote 111 citations and towed four vehicles. That included three DUIs. Others violations were issued for seatbelt use, lack of insurance, unsafe vehicles, and drivers license violations.

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