Many Vandalia residents have likely noticed the Vandalia Police Department pulling over several vehicles in the past two months for possible speeding violations.
This is due to the Vandalia Police Department wanting to make the community safer by issuing warnings and tickets to drivers who are ignoring the speed limit signs in town, with many on Highway 54.
“We’ve had some complaints about speed on the highway,” said Interim Police Chief Justin Landis.
“Speeds have been averaging pretty high…Speed is nationwide the No. 1 contributing factor to traffic crashes. We want to try to make the community safer by focusing on it.”
The increase in speeding violations printed in the police report in “The Vandalia Leader” shows just how busy the department has been.
From July 29-August 30, the department issued around 45 tickets and/or warnings for speeding violations.
During a similar length of time between August 31-October 11, the Vandalia Police Department has issued about 132 speeding tickets or warnings. That’s nearly triple the amount the department issued just one month earlier.
“The mayor (Ralph Kuda) and I spoke; he’s behind it 100%,” Landis added. “We’ll continue to concentrate on it as long as it’s an issue.”
In taking a closer look at some tickets, it’s important to note that many of the violators are going over the speed limit by at least 15 m.p.h. An Illinois driver was pulled over on September 24 for going 70 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone. Another drive on September 29 was pulled over for going 61 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone.
“Twenty over isn’t uncommon right now and that’s dangerous,” Landis added.
The report also shows a majority of those being pulled over living outside of the Vandalia area.
“Most of the time locals know what the speed limits are and pay attention,” Landis added. “We don’t concentrate on those (who are) out of town. It’s just how it’s worked out.”