An April police dragnet for expired or non-existent vehicle stickers netted the village more than $10,000 in revenue, police reported this week.

Police wrote 411 tickets for vehicle sticker violations in a multi-day sting in early April after giving residents a 10-day grace period following the April 1 sticker deadline. Officers stopped traffic at the foot of the Circle Avenue bridge and checked every car for compliance, beginning around 7 a.m. They also cross-checked against an Ill. Secretary of State list of vehicles registered in Forest Park and went to residences looking for scofflaw vehicles.

On May 16, contested tickets were considered in the village’s monthly adjudication hearing in the basement of Forest Park Village Hall. By that time, the number of tickets had been reduced to 272 along with 106 tickets issued for having no village tag the previous year. A total of $10,800 in fines was collected for vehicle tag-related offenses. This was 14 percent of all parking offense revenue collected by the village for the month of May, which totaled $75,526.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...