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Letter: Changes needed at I-88 and Peace Road

To the Editor:

The Peace Road Exit off Interstate 88 is a hazard to people traveling north on Peace Road between Gurler Road and Fairview Drive.

At that intersection there is a stoplight. However, those exiting off I-88 and heading north onto Peace tend not to stop when the light is red – especially during rush hours.

On several occasions I have narrowly missed colliding with a car whose driver did not stop for a red light and turned right in front of me. One time after stopping short to avoid missing the “right on red” car, another “right on red” car almost slammed into my passenger side. I have seen these distracted drivers on their cellphone, eating breakfast, brushing their hair, drinking coffee, checking their computer, or just in a rush.

I have already reduced my speed at this posted 55 mph intersection to avoid an accident. I can only alter my actions. Frankly, I am tired of placing my life in the hands of others each day as I try to get to work. 

The law already states you cannot turn right on red unless a full stop is made and the intersection is surveyed for oncoming traffic.

I have contacted the DeKalb Sheriff’s office and received a reply from DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott.

He has agreed with my concerns and his team will be assisting by enforcing existing law. I believe it is preferable to be proactive, and additional assistance would be appreciated. I am not certain who would have jurisdiction over this intersection, DeKalb Township or the Illinois Tollway, but I want all those possibly involved to be informed so that swift action may be taken.

Three solutions I propose are:

1. Timing of the light changed during rush hours to accommodate those exiting north onto Peace Road from I-88. This way drivers can turn right without detriment to north-bound traffic.

2. The speed limit on Peace should be posted at 40 mph or less from Gurler Road north to Fairview Drive.

3. Photo enforcement of the intersection to document those breaking the law and to provide consequences for that disobedience. Without consequences, drivers will continue the bad habit of not looking at the light for safety.

I am open to other solutions. I just would like to see the problem solved before someone is seriously injured.

Erin Nolan

DeKalb

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