First reported 5/13/2009 4:07 p.m.
Nearly two dozen motorists snared by a police sting on Madison Street were ticketed for failing to yield to pedestrians.
In a statement released by the department May 13, authorities said two decoys attempted to use the crosswalk at the Beloit intersection between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. before the enforcement effort was called off on account of heavy rain. In that time, police wrote 22 tickets to drivers who did not give the right-of-way.
Another motorist was cited for playing his car stereo too loudly, and one driver was arrested for driving on a suspended license, according to police.
Police conducted similar enforcement efforts in December. As with the earlier stings, Officer Craig Lundt partnered with Harry “Bud” Jacknow, a village resident who has expressed concern on the issue, to serve as pedestrian decoys.
Another crosswalk sting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at the intersection of Madison and Hannah.
In a separate statement issued by Police Chief Jim Ryan, the department announced that this enforcement effort will continue on at least three separate occasions over the next several weeks. Further, officers will be inspecting vehicles in residential neighborhoods for municipal vehicle stickers during morning rush hour periods.