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Oak Lawn Leads South Suburbs in DUI Arrests for 2013

See where your suburb ranks in annual state survey for 2013 DUI arrests.

The results of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists 2013 DUI arrest survey are in.
The results of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists 2013 DUI arrest survey are in.

According to an annual survey, Oak Lawn landed in the top ten Illinois municipalities for DUI arrests in 2013.

Oak Lawn police officers logged 262 arrests for motorists driving under the influence, a 6.5-percent increase over 2012, when 246 arrests were made.

The data comes from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists’ annual Illinois DUI arrest survey. AAIM has conducted the survey since 1990 to determine how many DUI arrests are made by law enforcement agencies across the state, and to recognize the most productive departments and police officers in the fight against drunk driving.

Nearly 700 police agencies were surveyed, with 84-percent responding. Illinois police departments landing on the top ten DUI arrest list for 2013 include:


1. Rockford - 556

2. Naperville - 553

3. Decatur - 485

4. Springfield - 410

5. Carol Stream - 392

6. Elmhurst - 300

7. Normal - 279

8. Rock Island - 274

9. Oak Lawn - 262

10. Aurora - 256


Elsewhere in the south suburbs, Chicago Heights showed the biggest jump in DUI arrests with 247 in 2013, a 63-percent increase over the 151 arrests logged in 2012.

Orland Park’s arrest rate for motorists driving under the influence fell 7.6 percent, with 218 arrests in 2013, compared to the year before when Orland Park police logged 236 arrests.

The south suburban police departments in the Patch network that responded to the 2013 survey ranked as followed:

#11 - Chicago Heights - 247

#17 - Orland Park - 218

#36 - New Lenox - 151

#41 - Palos Heights - 135

#50 - Romeoville - 118

#53 - Joliet - 113

#58 - Plainfield - 102

#66 - Homewood - 88

#69 - Tinley Park - 83

#74 - Lemont - 76

#90 - Oak Forest - 58

#112 - Flossmoor - 36

#119 - Palos Hills - 29

#124 - Evergreen Park - 24

#125 - Palos Park - 23

#133 - Orland Hills - 15


Chicago Police’s DUI arrest rate decreased by 10.5 percent in 2013 (3,395) compared to 2012 (3,795). Illinois State Police upped its arrests by 28.8 percent in 2013 (9,302) compared to 2012 (7,220).

The sheriff’s department reporting the most DUI arrests was Lake County (348), followed by Cook (306), Winnebago (295), Will (262) and DuPage (245), rounding out the top five.

AAIM is an Illinois-only citizen activist group founded in 1982 by victims of drunk driving. The group promotes prevention, victim advocacy and legislation for tougher drunk driving laws and is a recognized expert in this area.

AAIM’s annual DUI arrest survey is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Read the complete 2013 DUI arrest survey results.


See the top 2013 departments with 200+ DUI arrests.


Time.To.Clean.Up.Oak.Lawn. July 03, 2014 at 07:02 AM
The irony of this report appearing in the same news cycle as the heavy hitting article about how to make a July 4th Vodka Milkshake speaks volumes to the irractic "news" on the Patch. Apparently your no longer reporting anything informative (albeit obviously with your personal slant) about what is actually happening in the Village.
Cori July 03, 2014 at 07:48 AM
Now if the police would crack down on everyone that still holds their cell phone while driving...it would be a great income generator too!
Dave July 03, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Drunks will always find a way to get drunk amazing
Dave July 03, 2014 at 08:52 AM
now if they could only count the ones that don't get pulled over numbers would really change
Edward July 04, 2014 at 07:11 AM
This is bs. Let the drunks party!

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