Dangerous Dump Truck Drivers

What can we do about dump truck drivers on Route 53?  I've nearly been hit several times by these drivers ignoring red lights on Route 53, particularly at the Enterprise Dr and Honeytree Dr intersections.  Living here for a long time, I know there have been a lot of accidents and even deaths caused by this behavior.  Just this morning, another truck just got in the median, blaring his horn while he ran a red light and almost hit me as I turned out on the green arrow.  There were even other trucks next to him that stopped without any drama, so it's not like the red light "snuck up" on him. 

This is such a dangerous habit, and nothing seems to be getting done.  I've reported this to the police before, and sometimes they have patrol cars out, but it's still happening way too much.  There is already a make-shift memorial on the side of the road at this particular intersection, I can only imagine from someone else killed by this type of activity.

What would it take to get red-light cameras?  Or what else can we do to protect ourselves?
The Other Christine May 30, 2014 at 10:08 PM
Red light cameras are only going to cause accidents from people slamming on their brakes when they see a yellow light and cause bigger delays and traffic nightmares. They are not the answer. I do agree that many truckers on 53 are downright reckless. I've seen truckers texting and talking on the phone, not signaling, barreling through the left lane... All the same things cars do, except exponentially more dangerous. The answer is for the police to pull them over, but since Romeoville caters to businesses instead of citizens (think higher tax revenue) don't expect to see any difference. I have gone so far as to call the quarry and complain when trucks are pulling onto 53 without stopping- I've almost been hit several times there. And they just blew me off. Now I drive over the bridge in Lockport and take Archer to 355. Takes me a couple more minutes, but it's a much less stressful drive. I also changed my hours at work to coincide with lighter traffic patterns. Maybe those are options for you?
P-Ville Lifer June 05, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Calling the quarry won't solve the problem of the trucks on Route 53 as they do not own any of these trucks. All the dump trucks coming out of the quarry belong to individual cartage companies that haul stone. So the quarry didn't blow you off; there's simply nothing they can do about the drivers, they're not their employees.
The Other Christine June 05, 2014 at 10:27 PM
I didn't think of that. And they never said that when I called to complain. However, that would make those cartage companies the quarry's vendors. So there is something they can do about it. Pass the complaints on to them.
P-Ville Lifer June 06, 2014 at 11:43 AM
The only thing the quarry can do is control the drivers' behavior while they're on their property. They can kick drivers out of the yard for speeding, not following yard rules etc. Beyond that there's not much they can do. The cartage companies are not their vendors; they're just hauling stone for the quarries customers. Many loads are brokered out so it's hard to even say who they're really driving for.


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