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Drivers Busted in Lake Street Crosswalk Sting

Police say complaints lead to special enforcement at Lake Street and Keystone Avenue.

Police in River Forest handed out nearly two dozen citations to motorists who failed to yield to pedestrians while cruising Lake Street.

Prompted by residents' complaints, the three-hour special detail took place July 26 at Lake Street and Keystone Avenue, a busy intersection near Keystone Park and the Metra station.

There, officers handed out 22 tickets for failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, five tickets citations for driving without insurance, one ticket for expired registration and one ticket to a motorist for failing to carry their driver's license.

A 25-year-old Chicago woman, Ebony L. White, was arrested for driving while license suspended after being stopped for a crosswalk violation.

River Forest police are reminding residents of the state's vehicle code, which states:

“When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.”

Freespirit one August 02, 2012 at 02:25 PM
There's more than one way to 'skin a cat!!' Good work, RF Police!~
Donald B. Register August 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I've observed this law since I receve my driver's license in 1953. Four years as a student in Caifornia where stopping for pedestrians, the law was reinforced in my driving pattern. My philosophy and practice as a driver is to yield to pedestrians and, as a pedestrian, to yield to automobiles. It's safer hat way.
Terry Mueller August 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I am so glad to hear this. I sure hope that the OP police do the same, especially on Lake in downtown OP. People will obey the law if they realize it is being enforced. Good job!
William J Belmonte Jr August 05, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I agree that this law Must be enforced, but at the same time drivers Must learn that the Stop Sign on the Pedestrain Placard in the street DOES NOT MEAN STOP FOR OTHER VEHICLES.

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