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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Lombard Police Department announces 33% increase in DUI arrests in 2017 & 2018 Super Bowl Crackdown

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The Lombard Police Department is committed to keeping motorists safe by cracking down on drunk and impaired drivers, year round. Lombard’s first DUI crackdown campaign of 2018 will take place during Super Bowl Weekend, Feb. 2-4.

Lombard Police Announce 33% increase in DUI arrests in 2017

During the 2017 calendar year, the Lombard Police Department made a total of 313 DUI arrests, resulting in a 33% increase in DUI arrests compared to 2016 totals.

The Lombard Police Department fully supports a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drunk and impaired driving. The Village of Lombard continues to be highly ranked among Illinois municipalities when it comes to drunk driving arrests. In 2016, the Lombard Police Department was ranked #9 in Illinois for its record of 233 DUI arrests, which was a 13% increase from Lombard’s 2015 DUI arrest total of 206, according to survey information collected by Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.

“We hope that these numbers will speak for themselves and Lombard residents or motorists traveling through Lombard will think twice about driving under the influence,” said Traffic Safety Unit Lt. Joe Grage. “If you drink and drive, Lombard Police Officers will pull you over.”

“I’m proud of our officers and their phenomenal efforts in the enforcement of drunk drivers throughout our community,” said Police Chief Roy Newton. “There is no way of knowing how many lives were saved as a result of this enforcement, but we know it was at least 313. This statistic is actually unfortunate considering the convenience of ride share options available to people. My hope is that one day we won’t have any impaired drivers to arrest.”

Lombard Police Urge public to make a game plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Are You Drinking or Driving?

The Lombard Police Department will conduct special patrols over Super Bowl weekend to keep impaired drivers off the roads and encourage more people to wear their seat belts. The messages are familiar and simple: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket.

“All it takes is a game plan. Before you go to the party, decide if you’re drinking or driving – never do both,” said Traffic Safety Unit Lt. Joe Grage. “We will also be checking for compliance with seat belt laws, so remember to buckle up.”

Please contact Communications Coordinator Avis Meade at (630)620-5718 or meadea@villageoflombard.org with any questions.

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