Based on close to 700 surveys given to law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) compiled crucial statistics regarding DUI arrests in Illinois.
AAIM, a non-profit citizens’ action group, was founded in 1982 with the aid of former Secretary of State and former Governor Jim Edgar, who has headed a number of legislative efforts to reduce drunk driving. The survey has been collecting data since 1990 and is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
AAIM Executive Director Rita Kreslin has said that stricter enforcement of DUI laws and community awareness efforts in Illinois have significantly reduced the annual number of DUI-related deaths. Fatalities peaked, she says, in the 1980s. Since then, she said, with directed efforts and the help of law enforcement agencies, traffic safety advocates and communities have prevented numerous accidents and saved thousands of lives.