Safety, DUI stops in the 14th Police District this weekend


To help avoid the disastrous results of drinking and driving the Chicago Police Department has  a DUI (driving under the influence) Strike Force Patrol. The Patrol will be in the 14th (Shakespeare) District between 7 p.m. on Sat., Apr. 23 and 3 a.m., Sun., Apr. 24. The district covers from Division to Belmont between N. Central Park to the Chicago River.

The program's purpose 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 a 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.

Inevitably these stops also reveal other violations such as lack of insurance and safety of the vehicle.



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