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Residents helping Riverside police nab speeders, traffic violators

Published: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – More than 650 traffic citations were issued as a result of the Riverside Police Department's Intensified Enforcement Unit since it was formed in November 2010. 

The unit was started to enforce traffic laws near schools, but evolved into a collaboration between police and residents resulting in safer streets, according to a police department news release. Residents provide police with information on areas in need of increased enforcement, either through email, phone, mail or on the department’s website. 

In 2013, the unit targeted three main streets, 15 residential streets, all schools in the village and certain parking areas, resulting in 15 arrests. About 40 percent of citations were for speeding in a residential area. 

Schools, speeding and stop signs will be the focus of the unit’s 2014 enforcement, according to the release. 

Residents with traffic concerns are instructed to email police Sgt. Bill Gutschick, wgutschick@riverside.il.us, or police Sgt. Leo Kotor, lkotor@riverside.il.us. 

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