DUI Crackdowns Target Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods, Data Shows

FOIA results show the strike forces mostly occur in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. View Full CaptionJoe Raedle/ Getty ImagesCHICAGO -- DUI crackdowns have been billed as an opportunity for police to make the streets safer by keeping them free of drunken drivers, but an analysis of the 2014 results show they yield very few DUI arrests and instead result in thousands of dollars in fines for minor infractions.Further analysis of the documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request shows the department ignored districts with the most DUI arrests and instead held multiple patrols in districts serving black and Hispanic neighborhoods.In 2014, the Chicago Police Department set up 56 strikeforces, yielding a little more than two DUI arrests each time and about 100 tickets on average for unsafe vehicle violations, seatbelt violations, no insurance, no driver's license, speeding and an "others" category.According to the Chicago Police Department, "the purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations."Police cars equipped with speed detectors are also used to catch speeders. During the strikeforce, a blood alcohol testing unit can also be deployed to speed up the process of charging someone with a DUI, police said.Source: Chicago Police Department [DNAinfo/Tanveer Ali]During the 56 patrols on neighborhood streets, a total of 130 DUI arrests were made and more than 6,000 tickets were issued, including more than 1,400 tickets for unsafe vehicles, more than 700 tickets for seatbelt violations, more than 700 tickets for not having insurance, more than 400 tickets for license violations and another 1,900 tickets for various other violations, according to the data.According to the police department's Office of News Affairs, the locations targeted by the strikeforces are chosen collaboratively by the department's traffic division and district commanders.4. The Calumet (5th) and Deering (9th) District: 5o Calumet covers Roseland, Pullman, West Pullman and Riverdale. Eighty percent of Pullman residents are black and over 90 percent of residents in the three other neighborhoods are black. About 540 tickets were issued during the five patrols, data shows.o The Deering District covers Armour Square, Bridgeport, McKinley Park, New City and portions of Brighton Park and Gage Park. The two biggest neighborhoods are New City with about 41,000 residents and Bridgeport with 32,000. New City is 53 percent Hispanic. Thirty-five percent of Bridgeport residents are Asian, while another 28 percent are Hispanic, according to demographics of the neighborhood.About 540 tickets were issued during the five strikeforces, data shows.The Chicago Police Department declined to comment on specific questions for this article.For more neighborhood news, listen to DNAinfo Radio here: href='http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150508/belmont-cragin/dui-crackdowns-target-black-hispanic-neighborhoods-data-shows' - http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150508/belmont-cragin/dui-crackdowns-target-black-hispanic-neighborhoods-data-shows -