Watch Your Speed On Sterling Avenue

Police say they'll be enforcing the speed limit more strictly in response to recent concerns from a Flossmoor resident.

Flossmoor resident Jack Edelbrock has always had a problem with how often he sees vehicles speeding down Sterling Avenue, or, as he calls it, “the H-F expressway.” But it wasn’t until a recent mishap that he decided to voice his opinion during the July 16 meeting.

“It came to roost yesterday as I backed out of my driveway and another car clipped me,” said Edelbrock, who lives on Sterling.

Sterling Avenue’s posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Eledbrock says he’s spent considerable time watching vehicles frequently speed past his house, including a semi-truck going in excess of 40 miles per hour.

“I spoke to an officer and he said he’s clocked someone going 52 miles per hour (on Sterling),” Elelbrock said. “We should either vigorously enforce that (25 miles per hour) speed limit or put in a speed bump. I would even entertain paying for part of it.”

Speed bumps, according to Mayor Paul Braun, are historically not a great option. Trustee Philip Minga explained two flaws associated with speed bumps: they make it difficult for emergency vehicles to travel down streets; people tend to overcompensate for having to slow down by speeding up once they get past the bump.

“The answer is enforcement,” Braun said.

The mayor directed Flossmoor Deputy Police Chief, Mike Pulec, who was present at the meeting, to devote more attention to enforcing the speed limit on Sterling. 

“Absolutely,” was Pulec's response.

Is speeding really a big issue on Sterling Avenue? What about other local roads? Tell us what you think in the comments!

noonies July 20, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I'm sure you travel at all the posted speed limits Tony.
SHUSSBAR July 20, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Very narrow? nah! a regular 2 lane street that s it. what do you need there? A 6 lane highway? But yes, speeding, and not only on Sterling is a major issue. Tickets, tickets, tickets.
SHUSSBAR July 20, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Corners are not dangerous. Bad/wreckless drivers, speeders are.
hope4peace July 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Heather Rd from Governors Hwy to Sterling/Western is crazy as well. People fly off Governors with no traffic signal or stop sign until they hit Sterling. It's a way to avoid the lights on 183rd. In over 20 years I have only seen someone pulled over once and it looked like they didn't get a ticket. I've never seen enforcement and I have wondered if it is because 1/2 of the street is Homewood and 1/2 of the street is Flossmoor. A Homewood officer was out on Heather trying to help neighbors corral a loose dog, and people didn't even slow down when they saw people in the street and the cop car! The officer had to scream at people to slow down to avoid hitting the dog and the officer herself.
Deb Hartung July 23, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I live in Old Flossmoor and drive down Sterling constantly as do members of my family. I have never once been tailgated or passed by other drivers and I drive the speed limit. I brought this article up to my daughters and they said they've never had a problem either. I'm sure there are some ignorant drivers but let's not exaggerate. Reckless drivers will ignore stop signs and run through them while it will inconvenience conscientious law abiding drivers. I have noticed officers parked on adjacent streets so it is being watched already.


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