DrunkBuster Program: Still going strong in McHenry, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will, Kane, Grundy and Boone Counties. In 2014, we gave out $32,400 in rewards to citizens who reported impaired drivers that led to an arrest. Since the inception of the program, we have awarded $583,000 and removed over 5,830 impaired motorists off our roadways.
AAIM is justifiably proud of the Drunkbuster program which has received national publicity and acknowledgement. To encourage drivers with cellular phones to report erratic driving to police, AAIM initiated the "Drunkbusters" program in 1990. AAIM gives $100 to tipsters whose calls lead to DUI arrests. To date, the AAIM DrunkBuster Program has paid out over $486,600 to concerned citizens resulting in the arrest of over 4,866 impaired motorists. This program is funded entirely through court fines paid by DUI offenders. This life-saving program has been recognized with first place awards from the National Safety Council, Ameritech and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
“My goal as Secretary of State is to make the roads of Illinois as safe as possible. Working together, we have initiated tough laws and cutting edge programs that have made Illinois a national leader in the fight against drunk driving. I commend AAIM for their ongoing efforts to rid the road of drunk drivers. By encouraging citizens to report impaired driving incidents to law enforcement, DrunkBusters has helped greatly in the fight to remove drunk drivers from our roadways.”
"AAIM’s 'DrunkBuster' program has helped create a rewarding partnership between the public and the police. This program has made the removal of drunk drivers everyone’s business."
Brian M. Cooper, Traffic Sergeant
Carol Stream, Illinois
This program runs year round in Boone, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, McHenry, Lake and Will Counties and statewide at holiday times.
- Program started in 1990 throughout the entire state of Illinois with a $10,000 donation from an AAIM member.
- DB pays $100 to citizens who report an impaired motorist that leads to a DUI arrest. POLICE MUST OBSERVE DRIVING BEHAVIOR BEFORE MAKING AN ARREST!
- Citizens have reported drunk drivers from convenience stores, gas stations, even an oil change store; but the most popular method is via cell phone.
- Citizen calls police later to see if arrest was made and police fill out verification form and send to AAIM.
- Program ran in Southern Wisconsin for two years (5/91-5/93), paying 30 awards.
- Program went National for 1 year (5/92-5/93) through State Highway Police. Paid out 51 awards.
- In 1993, funds were running out, so program was reduced to Illinois Holidays only.
- Funding was requested from individual counties using a state law, which provides that judges, as a condition of supervision, may sentence offenders to contribute to an anti-crime program.
- McHenry County program started Memorial Day, 1994. To date, 576 awards have been paid.
- DuPage County program started Christmas Eve, 1994. To date, 1,919 awards have been paid through this program.
- Lake County program started Christmas Eve, 1995. To date 1,420 awards have been paid.
- Will County program started Christmas Eve, 2002. To date, 125 awards have been paid.
- Kane County program started January 1, 2008. To date, 69 awards have been paid.
- Grundy County program started May 15, 2013. To date 1 award has been paid.
- Boone County program started November 1, 2014.
(*- For a time, $100 savings bonds were awarded, at a cost of $50)