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Naperville second in DUI arrests in 2012

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By Daily Herald report

Naperville was second in the state in DUI arrests made last year, while Itasca logged the most DUI arrests per officer, according to the annual survey taken by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.

Itasca had almost 12 arrests per sworn officer among police departments with at least 200 arrests. The second-highest rate was 8.6 in Bull Valley.

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Towns with most DUI arrests in 2012
Community Arrests Increase/decrease
Rockford 699 + 1.9%
Naperville 576 - 7.4%
Springfield 460 - 16.8%
Peoria 426 + 39.2%
Decatur 408 - 8.9%
Carol Stream 389 +11.5%
Aurora 330 +13.8%
Elmhurst 324 -11.7%
Rock Island 323 -30.5%
Normal 322 + 8.8%
Elgin 289 - 17.9%
Fairview Heights 272 + 34.0%
Itasca 271 + 2.7%
Oak Lawn 246 + 0.4%
DeKalb 242 + 44.0%
Hanover Park 238 + 25.9%
Orland Park 236 - 10.3%
Downers Grove 226 - 4.2%
Schaumburg 223 - 10.8%
Skokie 203 - 7.7%
Palatine 200 - 6.5%

Source: AAIM. Note: City of Chicago is separate category

For the sixth consecutive year, Rockford led the state in DUI arrests with 699 arrests for 2012. Because of its size, Chicago is in its own category.

Naperville was second with 576 arrests, followed by Springfield, with 460; Peoria, 426, Decatur, 408; Carol Stream, 389; Aurora, 330; Elmhurst, 324; and Rock Island, 323.

"Departments that make more DUI arrests do not necessarily pinpoint more drunk drivers in Illinois communities," said Rita Kreslin, Executive Director of AAIM. "It does indicate additional active enforcement in municipalities and counties, which aides in targeting DUI offenders."

The biggest increase in arrests among the top departments was DeKalb, where DUI arrests jumped by 44 percent last year. Other municipalities with large increases from 2011 to 2010 are Peoria (39.2 percent), Fairview Heights (34 percent), Hanover Park (25.9 percent) and Aurora (13.8 percent).

Since 1990, AAIM has conducted an annual survey of Illinois police departments to determine how many DUI arrests they make and to give recognition to the most productive departments and police officers. Nearly 700 police agencies were surveyed with 84 percent responding.

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