Letter: Police Are No Help With Butterfield Construction Traffic
Wheaton resident writes about Butterfield/Naperville construction issues after two years of project-related challenges. To send a letter to the editor, email Charlotte@patch.com.
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As a Wheaton resident, we have been surrounded by construction on Butterfield and Naperville for two years. The project is now going to run through the next construction season.
As a “soccer mom” who lives and works in Wheaton, I cannot get around to run routine errands, get to kid’s sports fields or get to the grocery store in a timely manner.
Last Monday I was issued a $120 ticket for not obeying construction signals on Naperville Blvd. When the Wheaton officer pulled me over, I was told "You learn this in Drivers Ed 101". As a Glenbard South graduate, this was not taught to us. Instead we drove on 88 and in Glen Ellyn neighborhoods. The officer also stated there had been two accidents over the weekend on Naperville Blvd. and if I go to court to fight the ticket it will be an additional $285 in court fees. This is pretty harsh for a law abiding citizen with a clean driving record who has been granted “accident forgiveness” by the insurance company that insures the driver and has been living in the construction for over two years.
It is too bad the Wheaton Police Department will not help the residents by directing traffic and helping the flow of congestion. An officer making a U-turn through the congestion is more apt to create accidents than someone turning right on Naperville Blvd. trying to get to Fed Ex.
The Police Department says they are not responsible for the roadblocks and flow of traffic or for the price of the tickets, this is directed from the State. The State will not return my messages.