River Forest traffic safety campaign leads to 11 arrests, 93 citations

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

River Forest police made 11 arrests and gave out 93 citations to motorists during the Thanksgiving Traffic Safety Campaign that ended Monday, according to a statement from police.

From Nov. 17-28, the River Forest Police Department participated in the campaign that focused on enforcement of unsafe driving practices like speeding, driving under the influence and safety belt use.

Grant funding provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation allowed the department to hire back police officers on overtime to patrol the village during that time.

One arrest was made each for driving under the influence of alcohol and aggravated driving with a revoked license. Nine others were made for driving with a suspended license or driving without a valid license. Citations were made for vehicle equipment violations, moving violations, failure to wear a seatbelt or have insurance, and unlawful use of a driver's license.

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Mares from River Forest  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 2:10 PM

Just to clarify, I have lived at my current residence for 18 years, hence numerous occasions.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 1:56 PM

Mares from River Forest, one of the techniques used in Law Enforcement is recognition. Hopefully after your numerous stops you have become recognizable.


Posted: December 1st, 2011 1:55 PM

Mares, do you know you can be arrested if intoxicated in public?

Mares from River Forest  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 1:48 PM

cont. them for doing their job. It gives me comfort to know that they are patrolling my alley at night. Oh, by the way, I am a 49 year white male. To all you whiners out there, they are doing the job they are paid to do. If you have nothing to hide, why get all upset. Thank You, you are dismissed.

Mares from River Forest  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 1:48 PM

I reside in River Forest. When the weather is nice, I like to walk home from Madison St. in Forest Park after imbibing at some of their fine establishments instead of taking a cab. I enter my residence from the alley when doing so. I have been stopped on numerous occasions over the years by the River Forest Police (always after dark) and asked what I was up to. I explain to them that I am returning home and voluntarily offer up my drivers license to show that I reside on that block. I then thank


Posted: December 1st, 2011 1:02 PM

There is a reason they are called "Paddy" Wagons.

Gary from River Shannon  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:55 PM

Aah Paddy Boy-Being of the Irish descent I am wondering if any of my brothers from the Emerald Isle were mistakenly stopped by the constables as they were cavorting thru the "hood" Not to worry I wasn't at all implying that those charged were from any "other areas" outside of RF. Cheers

TEEN thats dealt with rofo police  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:47 PM

I wish all you adults knew how badly treated us teens from OPRF are treated by rofo police. Its honestly disgusting and wrong. OP police's first concern when dealing with teens, no matter what theyre doing, are they ok/safe? When dealing with rofo police, ive learned that they are not looking to help at ALL. Now im not saying what i was doing when i dealt with the ROFO police was right, but i did get a sense that they were hungrier to get us in legal trouble, then to help us.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 9:06 PM

Jose, really? "Pigs?" Was your daddy authoritarian and that's why you feel this way? As for why Maywood was targeted, I saw a bunch of cops that weekend in RF. Now what? How will you turn this into a rant on your oppression? (And I recall a horrific crash into a residence where a teen was killed as she slept recently in Maywood so perhaps it's wise for the cops to hang there.)

Jose from Oak Park, USA  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 7:58 PM

Sorry Timothy, given the fact that I was born in Chicago this is my homeland. And no I wasn't ticketed in River Forest. They seem to target the Maywood residents for their daily fun.

Paddy boy  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 5:33 PM

Gary me boy, why don't you tell us lads what you are really thinkin' Please don't sugar coat it!

Timothy Thompson  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 4:50 PM

It would seem that "Jose" was one of those arrested without a drivers license or insurance and received several of the 93 citations. No doubt he is in the hands of ICE agents as you read this and on his way back to his homeland. The streets are safer now.

Jose from Oak Park  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 3:18 PM

Greedy overtime seeking PIGS.

Perry Mason  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 2:14 PM

Once the citations have been adjudicated, they should be available through the Freedom of Information Act.


Posted: November 30th, 2011 6:46 AM

I don't know about those to whom citations were issued, but checks that I witnessed were being made of each car going past the checkpoint.

Joe Friday  

Posted: November 29th, 2011 9:43 PM

Let me guess Gary from River Forest. Your a super big fan of the American Criminal Liberties Union.

Gary from River Forest  

Posted: November 29th, 2011 5:35 PM

I am a curious sort and wonder if the WJ can find out the demographics of those issued citations, arrested, dui etc. For example,how many arrests were of those living in zip codee 60305 or of the 93 citations how many were also from 60305? Could the WJ post the zip codes of the charged offenders? Thank you

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