JOLIET, Ill. — Illinois State Police District 5 Commander Bridget Bertrand released a summary of district activity for 2012. District 5, headquarters in Lockport, includes the counties of Grundy, Kendall and Will.
During 2012, District 5 handled 39,261 incidents, which consisted of requests for service from the public or other law enforcement agencies and incidents self-initiated by District 5 troopers.
The following activity demonstrates District 5’s commitment to keeping Illinois roadways and communities safe:
• 295 drivers arrested for driving under the influence
• 50 underage drinking arrests
• 7,541 speeding citations
• 2,501 seatbelt 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, Seatbelt, Distracted Driving)
District 5 troopers handled 2,292 crashes. District wide, 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 5 troopers seized $215,000, approximately 975 pounds of cannabis and 21 kilos of cocaine.
“These seizures illustrate how routine traffic stops for traffic offenses can lead to a major arrest,” Bertrand said. “District 5 Troopers are out there every day risking their lives and making traffic stops that lead to the arrest of drug traffickers and criminals wanted for various offenses. District 5 Officers will continue the hard work during 2013 to save lives and reduce crime throughout the District.”