Police issue tickets in roadside check

Police issue tickets in roadside check

CHAMPAIGN — A roadside safety check conducted last weekend in north Champaign resulted in the issuance of 54 tickets and 13 warnings.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum and Champaign police teamed up late on Saturday, April 14, and early Sunday, April 15, to stop vehicles near Neil Street and Edgebrook Drive.

Safety checks are designed to remove impaired drivers, but when other violations are observed, officers take action.

Of the 54 tickets issued, 12 were for seat belt violations; 11 for registration offenses; nine for alcohol-related offenses; nine for vehicle code violations; nine for driver's license offenses; one for driving under the influence; and three were criminal arrests.

Roadside safety checks are paid for through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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Lostinspace wrote on April 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

This is news?  They don't do this as a matter of routine?

Dann001 wrote on April 21, 2012 at 4:04 am

Neil and Edgebrook, they should set up there once or twice a week, they could make enough money to fund the entire city budget!

CJ Williams wrote on April 21, 2012 at 7:04 am

Oh oh.  CM Kyles will be calling ISP along with Donnie the Mayor to ask ISP if they were given permission by them to run traffic on City streets.  Regardless that criminals were taken off the street, these were CM Kyles consituents and we cannot have this.

scollins4443 wrote on April 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm
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Targeting the north end is wrong. The police keep on profiling that area and they could have been doing something else to generate revenue for the city. The funds were provided by the Department of Traffic Safety, that's why the country is in the red. Paying to rob the public of hard earned money to law enforcement is wrong as it gets. We are struggling middleclass and the people of authority are just squeezing who they can for their pensions and benefits. The criminal justice system needs to be overhauled. The woman who stole 30M. in Dixon, the representative from Alaska who used campaign funds for personal use, and even our ex-governor is a prime example of how our country is falling to greed of others in authority. Then you have the police sitting around ticketing people who are struggling to be decent people and make ends meet.Stop spending money for manpower that needs to used elsewhere. Target the campus where crime has risen 148% since I have moved from there. I am happy I moved from there. I read the paper daily, online and the Illini campus is worse than it's ever been. Profiling that area of north Champaign is a waste of time and picking on a certain group of people is wrong. I use to live on Edgebrook and work on that street and that's an area that is predominately African American. Start pulling a sting operation in your own departments and see how many tickets you come up with! Civil servant steal too, you know.