The Evanston Police Department maintains zero tolerance for impaired driving and underage drinking.
It is well known that drinking/drugging and driving do not mix. In 2012, 335 people were killed alcohol-related crashes in Illinois, which was 35 percent of the 956 total crash fatalities. The department takes a proactive approach towards impaired driving enforcement and regularly participates in campaigns sponsored by the Illinois Department transportation that promote impaired driving enforcement and education.
2012 Illinois Impaired Driving Facts:
- 37,126 DUI arrests were recorded by the Secretary of State’s office.
- 93 percent of all drivers arrested for DUI, who were eligible, lost their driving privileges.
- 1,210 drivers under age 21 lost their driving privileges due to Zero Tolerance law violations.
- 23 percent of those arrested for DUI are women, who represent 50 percent of all licensed drivers.
- Males ages 21-24 had the highest DUI arrest rate (about 17 per 1,000 licensed drivers).
- 86 percent of all drivers arrested for DUI are first offenders.