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Police to Conduct Route 126 Speed Crackdown

Multijurisdictional effort comes after a year of serious accidents, deaths along Route 126 in Plainfield and nearby towns.

Editor's note: The following is taken in part from a press release issued by Plainfield Police Department Traffic Sgt. Eric Munson:

In response to what police called an "inordinate" amount of fatal and serious-injury crashes along Route 126 this year, Plainfield police will partner with other area police departments to conduct a multijurisdictional Speed Awareness Day along the Route 126 corridor on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Sponsored by Families Against Chronic Excessive Speed (www.faces4.org) and the Illinois Department of Transportation, the enforcement will include:

  • BNSF Railroad Police
  • Canadian National Railroad Police
  • CSX Railroad Police
  • Illinois Commerce Commission Police Department
  • Illinois State Police
  • Kendall County Sheriff's Police
  • Plainfield Police Department
  • Union Pacific Police Department
  • Will County Sheriff's Department
  • Yorkville Police Department

The goal of the campaign is to increase traffic safety and reduce traffic crashes along the Route 126 corridor through both education and enforcement.  

During the campaign, all traffic laws shall be enforced, with an emphasis placed on speeding vehicles, commercial motor vehicle violations, and violations involving the laws associated with highway railroad grade crossings.  In addition to enforcement, educational posters and signs will be displayed, and traffic safety literature will be distributed to motorists.

Read more:

  • Official: Woman in Critical Condition after Route 126 Crash
  • Oswego Man Died Friday Morning in Route 126 Crash
  • Man Killed in Route 126 Crash
  • One Hurt in Crash Involving Mail Truck
  • Bull Struck and Killed in Ridge Road Crash
  • Man Injured in County Line Road Rollover
  • 'They Had a Beautiful Life:' Vigil Held for Teens Killed in Crash
  • State Police: No Charges in Fatal Crash
Ed Arter October 16, 2012 at 03:52 AM
126 is a STATE Route. IDOT is obviously aware of the recent fatailies/accidents as shown by this article's police crackdown. One day of ticket writing is only providing " Government Lip Service " in an attempt to passify the public. I guess it's cheaper to pay a few cops for a day of writing tickets than to upgrade this road and actually reconstruct this entire stretch of roadway to safer +2015 standard . Remember, 126 as it sits today is the trace of a Stagecoach Trail (About time for some modernization). Hello IDOT- How many fatilities will it take before you realize this road is under designed to service the boom of years past? --- Hopefully before we double our population again.
Ram Seichert October 16, 2012 at 04:20 AM
This is more of an engineering issue with 126 than enforcement. IDOT is moving slow but not nearly as pathetic as the Plainfield Township Highway Commissioner with this Renwick Bridge. This new bridge is totally underdesigned and the notifications to the public were absent throughout the entire project. PT Ferro had the entire River Road shut down today while putting the final lift in. Again, no notification from Reichert's office. Someone compentent needs to replace Reichert in April. Someone please run against him
Gina Palmer October 17, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I drive that entire stretch of 126, twice a day, five days a week. It does not seem overly dangerous to me. The only danger I see are the folks who insist on trying to pass, as the passiong zones are extremely short. I do not think more stop signs are needed. More police ticketing speeders or those passing in no passing zones, would do the trick.
Rebecca Roulo October 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I myself was kind of disappointed in what I saw during this crackdown. While I was only on 126 for a short stretch, between north and south Ridge Road, all I saw were a few signs that said 'Slow Down. Speed Kills,' Were any other law enforcement vehicles spotted?
Gina Palmer October 31, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Yes. I saw at least four police cars along 126 from 0800am - 0845am and probably three or four on the way home (6pm - 6:45pm). I probably see at least one police car every day on each of my trips. Again, the only danger I see is from the impatient drivers that insist on passing those of us who are driving the speed limit, or even up to 5mph over the speed limit. More stop signs of stop signals are not needed, as that is not the problem. More of 126 needs to be No Passing zones.

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