The men and women of the Lincoln Police Department are committed to protecting life, property, and the constitutional guarantee of all citizens. We recognize our responsibility to be fair, just, and to equally protect and serve without regard to race, religion, gender, or culture. With community partnership as our foundation we will strive to enhance the quality of life and create a stronger contract between the police and the community we serve. We will honor the trust placed onto us by holding ourselves to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct and challenge the community with shared responsibility for peace, good order, and law observance.
The State of Illinois has declared September 13th to 19th as Illinois Rail Safety Week in order to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. In Illinois during 2014, there were 134 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 55 injuries and 24 fatalities. In addition, there were 48 trespasser incidents that resulted in 19 injuries and 29 fatalities when people trespassed on to railroad property. Lincoln itself had two trespasser fatalities since 2010. During 2014, Illinois ranked 2nd in the nation in vehicle collision fatalities and 3rd in the nation in trespasser fatalities.
To promote rail safety awareness and education, the Lincoln Police Department is participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week. Enforcement details are planned throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings and commuter stations within Lincoln to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property.
Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on railroad tracks, it is also against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.
According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells). For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.
Authority: Chief Paul Adams
Chief of Police Paul Adams, with the advice and consent of the Lincoln City Council, appointed Detective/Sergeant Matthew Vlahovich as the new Deputy Chief of Police. Deputy Chief Vlahovich started his law enforcement career with the Logan County Sheriff's Office. He started with the Lincoln Police Department in 2005 and worked his way up through the ranks to Sergeant. Vlahovich served as the President of the local Fraternal Order of Police union and was President of the Lincoln Police Pension Board.
Vlahovich is a local native attending Carroll Catholic School and Lincoln Community High School. He also graduated with an associates degree from Lincoln College.
Deputy Chief Vlahovich will assist the Chief of Police in driving forward the professionalism of the Lincoln Police Department while also helping engage officers the community with new and progressive programs and initiatives.
Weather is warming up and children on bikes will be out and about. Parents need to go over the rules of the road with their children as bicyclist must obey all the laws that motorist must obey.
Some key points:
-Ride to the right of the roadway
-Stop at the stops signs and check intersections before proceeding
-Don't ride at night without proper lighting and clothing
-Helmets are cool because they save lives
-Motorist should treat bicyclist with all the respect as other motorist
Violations of the law can lead to crashes resulting in serious harm or even death. The Lincoln Police would much rather issue citations to gain compliance than to lose a life.
The Lincoln Police Department now utilizes Appriss for collecting traffic crash information and submitting to the State of Illinois. Appriss provides BuyCrash.com for those involved with the crash to receive copies of reports.
The Lincoln Police Department reponds to all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. In doing so we retain the right under Illinois State Law to maintain the privacy of individuals.
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