Friday, July 3, 2015 || By Michael Romain
At a July 1, Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, Maywood Police Chief Vadimir Talley responded to a public comment from a citizen who wanted to know the village’s plans for cracking down on illegal fireworks in Maywood.
Talley said he and Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh had discussed 4th of July preparations before noting that actual enforcement of violators is difficult to anticipate until the violations happen.
“There is nobody who has pyrotechnic licenses in the village and because there are none that exist [on the books] we don’t know who has fireworks,” he said. “As we receive calls, we respond to those calls and people will be appropriately cited and that’s the plan. That, unfortunately, is all we can do,” Talley said.
“We have no gauge for who goes into Indiana to pick up the fireworks … There is something called a Constitution, so we can’t just stop people and check their cars [for no reason]. We do have in place safety checks for licenses, registration and insurance cards … If there’s any indication that there’s any illegal activity, [for instance], if we see wrappers of firecrackers or pyrotechnics, then we’ll go and do an enhanced enforcement based on those leads. We’ll ask them if we can check the car trunk and so forth. That’s the plan.”
On its Facebook page, the department did announce that it was planning on ramping up traffic enforcement ahead of Independence Day, which is tomorrow. The department is “focusing on both drunk and unbuckled drivers,” a statement read.
“The intensified enforcement effort will concentrate on late-night hours as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunk driver and/or unbuckled motorist. The crackdown is part of the statewide, Independence Day Drive Sober Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket effort.”
“The Maywood Police Department is ramping up its enforcement efforts to make our roads safer this Independence Day,” said Chief Val Talley. “For everyone’s sake, don’t drink and drive or you will be arrested. The ‘Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving — no excuses. And ‘Click It or Ticket effort’ means just that.”
According to the Facebook post, “The Maywood Police Department will join the Illinois State Police and hundreds of police and sheriff’s department throughout Illinois in statewide enforcement efforts that begin June 22, 2015 and runs through July.”
Public Safety Notice: Catalytic Converter Theft
MAYWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT: Over the past few weeks the Village of Maywood and neighboring communities has seen a spike in Catalytic Converter theft. If you observe any strange activities around any vehicles in your neighborhood please notify the Maywood Police Department at 708-450-4471. VFP