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Romeoville Institutes Citizen Traffic Enforcement Program

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Submitted by the Village of Romeoville:

The new Citizen Initiated Traffic Enforcement Program (CITE) is designed to give residents a responsible role in keeping the streets of Romeoville safe and free from dangerous speeding vehicles. The participants are members of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni of Romeoville (CPAAR)  organization.

"Residents frequently express a concern with speeding vehicles in their neighborhoods," said Chief Mark Turvey.  "This is a great opportunity for the police department to utilize CPAAR volunteers to expand our current level of traffic safety activities," he added.

In the radar program, trained volunteers monitor vehicle speeds using a department issued radar unit. In the event a violation is observed, the volunteer will document the vehicles speed, time, description and license plate number on a log sheet. Courtesy letters are then mailed to the registered owners advising them of the observed violation. 

"This is excellent way to utilize volunteers and improve the quality of life for our residents by keeping our neighborhoods safe," said Mayor John Noak. 

The goal of this program is to engage members of the Citizens Police Academy to address issues involving speeding vehicles in our neighborhoods. The information gained from the program will allow the Police Department to focus its resources in specific areas to further address any enforcement needs. 

Heather Powell July 18, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Wanna be police with authority. What could possibly go wrong? (Trayvon Martin)
Matt July 18, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Great, a bunch of no life, low life's playing cop wanna be.
Anna Maloney July 19, 2014 at 09:30 PM
I would love for someone to sit on Hillcrest and Hudson! There are so many kids here and so many ignorant adults that speed down our streets!! Sad part is it's the adults doing it not the new or teenage drivers!!
T Villa Smith July 20, 2014 at 01:29 AM
True may be some concerns being that an individual mentioned Trayvon Martin however there is nothing mentioned that these volunteers will have a gun in fact it does state that they will have a radar unit. Wanna be or not there are individuals that speed through neighborhoods and it's time that someone or the police do something before someone gets hurt. I'm glad this is happening to protect children, I will be calling the police department to make sure I mentioned the block I live on.
Marilynn Reinhardt July 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM
I'd love to see Lockport establish a similar program. This has nothing to do with wanna-be police officers. I'd like to protect the children in our neighborhood from those idiot drivers who totally ignore the 25 mph speed limit and usually drive in the 45-60 mph range. We've had a roll-over accident in front of our house and a pickup truck ending up in our front yard by speeding drivers.

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