Police crackdown nets 488 tickets

A dozen police departments issued 488 tickets and made 24 arrests along Randall Road on Monday in an effort to crack down on unsafe drivers.

From Batavia to Crystal Lake, police departments along Randall Road took part in Operation Safe Stretch in an effort to reduce accidents and make the highly congested road safer.

"Any type of program that prevents traffic accidents and promotes safety is a positive program," said Alan Bokowski, chief patrol officer for the Lake in the Hills Police.

The program was initiated by Elgin police, who have responded to several fatal accidents on Randall in the past year.

Elgin officers issued 189 citations and made seven arrests for traffic-related offenses.

Departments usually don't designate officers specifically to a single street, Bokowski said. When at least one officer from each department was dispatched to monitor Randall from two to 10 p.m., tickets were issued in abundance.

Lake in the Hills police sent two officers to participate in the operation and issued 28 tickets, including one for driving under the influence and one for driving without a valid license, Bokowski said.

Five officers from the Algonquin Police Department who participated over the course of the operation issued 56 tickets, including 40 for disobeying traffic signals, six for driving without insurance, four for failure to wear seat belts, three for speeding, and three for other violations, Traffic Secretary Amy Koehler said.

Carpentersville Police sent two officers and issued 13 citations, Cmdr. Michael Kilbourne said.

Kilbourne said the operation succeeded at sending a message to the community.

"We believe that it had a positive effect on the drivers along that stretch of Randall Road in that it made the statement that we were going to do what we had to do to keep drivers under control," Kilbourne said.

Crystal Lake Police stationed one officer for the duration of the operation with other officers periodically joining in and issued five tickets, Cmdr. Charles Martina said.

The highest speed-limit violation was made by the Kane County sheriff's office, whose officer stopped a subject for driving more than 100 mph in a 55-mph zone on Randall Road north of Route 72.

"It seemed to me that when people understood the gravity of the situation, that we are out there trying to make the roads safer for them, that they would start driving better," Kane County Sheriff's Department Sergeant William Ferron said.





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