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DUIs drop dramatically in Illinois, and study indicates drivers may drown sorrows at home

Police officer James Waites of the Mundelein Police Department checks the license of a potential drunk driver in 2009. ( Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / May 29, 2009 )

Police officer James Waites of the Mundelein Police Department checks the license of a potential drunk driver in 2009. ( Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / May 29, 2009 )

The latest numbers show a drastic reduction in drunken driving in Illinois. Between 2007 and 2010, drunken driving arrests fell 16 percent, and the number of fatalities from alcohol-related crashes dropped 33 percent, according to figures from state police and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Fatalities this year have fallen even further in preliminary reports, to less than half of what they were just three years ago.

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