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Police: Alcohol tied to half of fatal crashes

Updated: March 11, 2013 6:43AM



Nearly half of all fatal traffic crashed investigated during 2012 by Illinois State Police District 5 troopers involved alcohol showed year-end statistics released by State Police District 5 Commander Bridget Bertrand.

District 5, headquarters in Lockport, includes the counties of Grundy, Kendall and Will.

During 2012, District 5 handled 39,261 incidents.

These activities were reported for the district:

295 drivers arrested for driving under the influence

50 underage drinking arrests

7,541 speeding citations

2,501 seat-belt citations

210 distracted driving arrests

512 criminal arrests

3,215 commercial motor vehicles inspected

1,272 commercial motor vehicles and/or drivers placed out-of-service for safety violations

5,102 motorist assists

18,256 total citations

10,634 total Fatal 4 citations (DUI, speed, seat-belt, distracted driving)

Troopers handled 2,292 crashes. Districtwide, there were 57 fatal crashes that killed 60 people.

Of the 60 fatalities, 31 percent were not wearing a seat belt.

Alcohol was a factor in 27, or 47 percent, of the fatal crashes.

During 2012, District troopers seized $215,000, approximately 975 pounds of marijuana and 21 kilos of cocaine.

“These seizures illustrate how routine traffic stops for traffic offenses can lead to a major arrest,” Bertrand said.



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