Twin Cities Rank High For DUI Arrests

Published 07/18 2014 06:19PM

Updated 07/18 2014 06:36PM

BLOOMINGTON - A recent report from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists shows the Twin Cities are doing what they can to stop people from driving under the influence of alcohol.

Normal ranked 7th in the state and Bloomington finished No. 12 for DUI arrests made in 2013.

The Normal Police Department made fewer DUI arrests in 2013 than it did in 2012, but they saw a rise in the rankings. Police chief Rick Bleichner says that shows a commitment to enforcing all traffic violations.

"Sometimes, you know, the arrests are up, sometimes they're down,” said Bleichner. “But our officers, they're out, they're being aggressive on enforcing the traffic violations, and when you do that, you're going to find impaired motorists and be able to keep them off the roadways."

Bloomington increased its DUI arrest rate by nearly 56 percent in 2013. Police officials say staying ready for anything makes a big difference.

"You never know. They can have a multitude of factors or indicators and you may never expect to get a DUI while you're working the day shift patrol, but unfortunately I can tell you it happens,” said Sara Mayer spokesperson for the Bloomington Police Department.

"Both departments would like to see a decrease in DUI arrests in the future. They say the key to that is education, and showing drivers that the action is preventable.

Rockford had the most DUI arrests in the state with 556. According to the survey, it has had the top spot seven years in a row.

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