Maywood Officials: Speeding Drivers Behind Recent Spate of Car Crashes

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An accident involving two trucks on the Eisenhower earlier this year. | File

Friday, September 23, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

One woman was seriously injured Thursday night when her car was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of 1st Ave. and Harrison St., Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh said.

“Someone got off of the expressway, blew through a traffic signal and plowed into her car,” the chief noted. “The woman was thrown from the vehicle.”

The woman was reportedly rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, but her condition is currently unknown.

The accident, which happened between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sept. 22, the chief said, is just the latest in a string of serious car crashes that have happened over the summer in Maywood.

“Our crashes have gotten way up there this summer,” Bronaugh noted. “In August, we were responding to serious accidents around once a day. These weren’t just minor fender-benders, either.”

Bronaugh and Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley both attributed the prevalence of crashes in the village this summer to drivers not following traffic signals and speeding.

“This is my subjective opinion, but I think drivers are not obeying the speed limits,” Bronaugh said. “These accidents are, I believe, probably attributed to that.”

Data on traffic accidents in the village over the summer months wasn’t immediately available, but Talley said that his department’s observations seem to bear out Bronaugh’s belief.

“I think the fire chief is accurate,” Talley said. “People aren’t being mindful of their speed.”

Talley said officers have placed a mobile speed detection device at 9th Ave. and St. Charles Rd., near Proviso East High School, at 5th Ave. and Oak St. in front of the police station, 16th and Washington, 1st Ave. and Harrison and 1st Ave. and Bataan Dr.

The device detected speeds ranging from 10 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limits at each intersection, Talley said.

“Once we saw how much people were speeding, we did a detail,” the chief said. “We participated in Illinois Speed Awareness Day and have conducted speed enforcement activities. We’re constantly encouraging people to look at the speed limit. Now that kids are back, people really need to be mindful. At any moment, a kid could dart across the roadway.”

Talley said the department has deployed three squad cars with moving radars that capture the speed of passing vehicles.

He also noted that police plan on being particularly vigilant on the upcoming Veterans Day and Halloween holidays, when they’ll deploy specialized details to address speeding drivers, seat belt violations and drivers who may be under the influence. VFP

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