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watchdog

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Jun 4, 2009
 

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I was driving down Cedar on Saturday and noticed the police running radar parked in the subdivision entrance on the east side of Cedar closer to Baker Road (Sorry the name escapes me). Does this make any sense? Let me explain. An area that has no pedestrian traffic, no schools for child safety, no busy outlets, etc... What is the purpose of this exercise when Subdivisions that actually have needs to cut down on speeding and stop sign run throughs. I live in Brookstone and the stop sign by the park might as well not be there. For the ten minutes he spent in a vacant sub division, he could have made a huge difference with one traffic stop at that crossing. Since Smith Road was finished, streets like Foxford and Spring Street have become shortcuts to get to Smith. Along with that came high speeds on residential streets. To combat this, they post a live police officer at a road with no danger and drop off a radar trailer which we have watched clock cars at 40 on Spring street. Thank god that unmanned radar trailer was there with all of its cababilities to stop the problem. Maybe the real award any officer gets next should be that radar trailer.
Jumping Ship

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Jun 4, 2009
 
watchdog wrote:
I was driving down Cedar on Saturday and noticed the police running radar parked in the subdivision entrance on the east side of Cedar closer to Baker Road (Sorry the name escapes me). Does this make any sense? Let me explain. An area that has no pedestrian traffic, no schools for child safety, no busy outlets, etc... What is the purpose of this exercise when Subdivisions that actually have needs to cut down on speeding and stop sign run throughs. I live in Brookstone and the stop sign by the park might as well not be there. For the ten minutes he spent in a vacant sub division, he could have made a huge difference with one traffic stop at that crossing. Since Smith Road was finished, streets like Foxford and Spring Street have become shortcuts to get to Smith. Along with that came high speeds on residential streets. To combat this, they post a live police officer at a road with no danger and drop off a radar trailer which we have watched clock cars at 40 on Spring street. Thank god that unmanned radar trailer was there with all of its cababilities to stop the problem. Maybe the real award any officer gets next should be that radar trailer.
Cedar is 55 mph in that area and a county road. Was it Will County Sheriff you saw or Manhattan police?

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Manhattan, IL

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Jun 4, 2009
 

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Both sides of the road south of Baker are annexed so it is Manhattan Police jurisdiction.
Jumping Ship

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Jun 4, 2009
 
The small stretch is but I wonder which department was taking radar. It could have been Will County but the poster didn't say which they actually saw.
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Quite often I see police hiding on Donegal and Foxford to make sure people stop at the stop sign. We don't have enough cops to be everywhere at the same time. They do the best they can. If you want to be angry at anyone, you should be angry at the A-Holes that speed thru subdivisions and blow stop signs.
Manhattan Demon

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Smith Rd has been a drag strip and a favorite of the drunks since they paved it. I do see the police from time to time, but most of the time they are taking radar on the East side of the railroad, where there are no houses. What bothers me is when I see people flying down there when kids are walking to and from the Jr high. The police should be at the schools when the kids are going to a from.

I have also witnessed several people speeding in the subdivisions. I see people blow stop signs and pass cars in the median lane or turning lanes on Smith rd also. I think we have plenty of police, they are just not doing their job. They are not issuing tickets. When I first moved to Manhattan in 1997, I saw the cops ticketing people almost every day. Now, I haven't seen a ticket being issued in about 3 years. I was told it was because they only get $5 per ticket and county gets the rest. If that is the case, we need to get our own traffic court.....
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I agree with you guys about the speeding. But the only thing they are giving tickets for right now is seat belts.
watchdog

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Sorry it has been a while. It was indeed Manahattan. With the other poster, I am mad at the speeders and I know police cannot be everywhere. The problem is the priority and choice of location.
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The small stretch is but I wonder which department was taking radar. It could have been Will County but the poster didn't say which they actually saw.
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OK, thanks for the answer. You are right. Considering the speed limit on Cedar is 55 where subdivisions in town are 25 and people are doing 40, I would be pissed too since it was Manhattan cops.
Will County however, I would have said they are doing what they are suppose to. Keep people from doing 70 in a 55.
Thanks for the clarification.
Manhattan Resident

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Are cops allowed to break traffic laws such as speed, turn without signals, run stop signs etc. When they are not running lights or sirens, or on a call? I see that a lot here.
Manhattan Resident

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Manhattan Demon wrote:
Smith Rd has been a drag strip and a favorite of the drunks since they paved it. I do see the police from time to time, but most of the time they are taking radar on the East side of the railroad, where there are no houses. What bothers me is when I see people flying down there when kids are walking to and from the Jr high. The police should be at the schools when the kids are going to a from.
I have also witnessed several people speeding in the subdivisions. I see people blow stop signs and pass cars in the median lane or turning lanes on Smith rd also. I think we have plenty of police, they are just not doing their job. They are not issuing tickets. When I first moved to Manhattan in 1997, I saw the cops ticketing people almost every day. Now, I haven't seen a ticket being issued in about 3 years. I was told it was because they only get $5 per ticket and county gets the rest. If that is the case, we need to get our own traffic court.....
There are Police dailey at Wilson creek school,Sometimes directing traffic.Two per 8 hour shift. 3 schools? I have asked them several times to slow down traffic on are street and they do make it. Not all the time. Talk to your board members and have them hire more.Get rid of the salaries we don't need.
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Manhattan, IL

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For a small school district they have cops directing traffic at the schools? When did this start? Is it that difficult? Go down Schoolhouse or Rt. 30 around 3:00. Hundreds of cars and busses leaving the high school, kids crossing Rt. 30 and no cops are needed to direct traffic.
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There are Police dailey at Wilson creek school,Sometimes directing traffic.Two per 8 hour shift. 3 schools? I have asked them several times to slow down traffic on are street and they do make it. Not all the time. Talk to your board members and have them hire more.Get rid of the salaries we don't need.
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Manhattan, IL

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Apr 23, 2013
 

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Maybe people need to learn to drive.
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LOL wrote:
For a small school district they have cops directing traffic at the schools? When did this start? Is it that difficult? Go down Schoolhouse or Rt. 30 around 3:00. Hundreds of cars and busses leaving the high school, kids crossing Rt. 30 and no cops are needed to direct traffic.
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I would think that a high school student would be better at crossing a road than a 2nd. grader.
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LOL wrote:
<quoted text>For a small school district they have cops directing traffic at the schools? When did this start? Is it that difficult? Go down Schoolhouse or Rt. 30 around 3:00. Hundreds of cars and busses leaving the high school, kids crossing Rt. 30 and no cops are needed to direct traffic.
I have picked up my kids at the High school on several occasions and have witnessed the New Lenox police direct traffic on Schoolhouse and county on rt. 30. They may not need help crossing the street but hundreds of teen drivers pulling into heavy traffic makes me grateful they are there..
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It's all about revenue for the village.
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Manhattan Resident wrote:
Are cops allowed to break traffic laws such as speed, turn without signals, run stop signs etc. When they are not running lights or sirens, or on a call? I see that a lot here.
Police Officers are not allowed to run stop signs, not use turn signals, nor are they supposed to be speeding. The only time any of this would be allowed is if and only if their emergency lights are activated. I hope this answers your question? I will also remind my Patrol Officers.
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Hey chief you are good man to answer to this stuff.
LWC student

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Apr 23, 2013
 
The only direction the police offer is stopping traffic on the Schoolhouse Rd. side near the parking lot so the busses can get out when they are loaded. They do not stand at the intersection and direct traffic or by the student parking lot on Schoolhouse. The kids that drive are pulling out of the lots as the busses are loading and leaving. Maybe it is different on the Rt. 30 side but I don't go that way. Once the busses leave, the police leave.
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I have picked up my kids at the High school on several occasions and have witnessed the New Lenox police direct traffic on Schoolhouse and county on rt. 30. They may not need help crossing the street but hundreds of teen drivers pulling into heavy traffic makes me grateful they are there..
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Apr 23, 2013
 
Why is a small kid crossing the road alone?
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I would think that a high school student would be better at crossing a road than a 2nd. grader.

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