Come the morning and evening rush hours, police in Lynwood put extra patrols on U.S. 30 because the increased traffic sees more instances of reckless driving by people who are passing through the south suburb.
But Police Chief Michael Mears said Lynwood doesn’t do anything like Schererville’s Police Department, where officers are required to issue a certain amount of citations to motorists on U.S. 30.
Lynwood police officers do have a requirement to have a minimum number of interactions with the public during their shifts. But Mears said those interactions do not necessarily have to take place on U.S. 30, nor do tickets have to be issued as a result.
“If someone gets pulled over and is issued a warning instead of a ticket, that’s just as good,” Mears said.
Mears said his department appreciates the significance of U.S. 30 because it serves as a corridor between Indiana and Illinois.
“It is a high-traffic area and we watch it, but we watch other areas of the village just as much,” the chief said.
Portions of U.S. 30 also run through Sauk Village, comprising less than one mile of the northern border of the village.
Police Deputy Chief Tim Holevis said the road gets “general enforcement” by his officers.
“The general laws of Sauk Village apply on Route 30, just like everywhere else,” he said.