Arlington Heights officers are anticipated to host a neighborhood assembly with residents of a stretch of South Cleveland Avenue close to downtown who level to video of a automobile careening off a parked SUV and overturning for instance of why they wish to curtail frequent rushing down their avenue.
Village board members Tuesday evening formally accepted a 25 mph restrict for the realm of Cleveland in query, between Davis Road and Central Street. Whereas there was a 25 mph signal on Cleveland, village officers just lately found there was not an ordinance ordering the restrict.
However about 30 South Cleveland Avenue residents — with some youngsters holding indicators similar to “Sluggish = Protected” — attended the village board session searching for greater than the 25 mph restrict turning into official. Some throughout public remark time requested the village to satisfy with them to assist repair what they contend is a security drawback.
That led Village Supervisor Randy Recklaus to recommend a neighborhood assembly with police, engineering representatives, Cleveland residents and others to discover potential options.
“We are able to dialogue about these points simpler than we are able to at such a assembly,” Recklaus stated. “And we are able to undergo the (visitors) knowledge, speak about the way it was collected, reply any query and brainstorm in slightly bit extra of an open discussion board.”
Recklaus stated a 2016 visitors survey confirmed the typical pace down the stretch of Cleveland was 24 mph and extreme rushing at 15 mph or extra over the restrict was lower than 1%. One other examine in 2019 confirmed the typical pace at 25 mph and extreme rushing additionally was lower than 1%.
Police stated a lady on the afternoon of Dec. 10 was behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry touring north on Cleveland — as seen on the video from a neighbor’s house safety system — and trying to go round a parked Ford Explorer whereas a southbound car got here towards her.
The motive force did not transfer sufficient to the left and struck the Explorer, inflicting the Camry to overturn, police stated. The motive force, who was discovered to be touring 32 mph within the 25 mph zone, was cited for failure to cut back pace to keep away from an accident, he stated.
Cleveland Avenue resident Tiffany Marston stated she’s involved concerning the security of about 50 younger youngsters residing on the 700 and 800 blocks of Cleveland.
“I really feel our kids have the appropriate to play exterior on the sidewalk or stroll safely to highschool with out having that concern,” Marston stated.
Village board members stated they understood the residents’ issues. Trustee Robin LaBedz stated drivers must be inspired to obey pace limits all through the village.
“As a result of it’s a drawback all through the village,” LaBedz stated. “You are undoubtedly experiencing your drawback, however we have to by some means begin reaching out to folks that, ‘Decelerate, we do not have to rush.’ An additional 5 seconds isn’t going to make a distinction and it might save somebody’s life or save somebody from being critically injured.”