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Watch Your Speed On Sterling Avenue

Police say they'll be enforcing the speed limit more strictly in response to recent concerns from a Flossmoor resident.

Flossmoor resident Jack Edelbrock has always had a problem with how often he sees vehicles speeding down Sterling Avenue, or, as he calls it, “the H-F expressway.” But it wasn’t until a recent mishap that he decided to voice his opinion during the July 16 meeting.

“It came to roost yesterday as I backed out of my driveway and another car clipped me,” said Edelbrock, who lives on Sterling.

Sterling Avenue’s posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Eledbrock says he’s spent considerable time watching vehicles frequently speed past his house, including a semi-truck going in excess of 40 miles per hour.

“I spoke to an officer and he said he’s clocked someone going 52 miles per hour (on Sterling),” Elelbrock said. “We should either vigorously enforce that (25 miles per hour) speed limit or put in a speed bump. I would even entertain paying for part of it.”

Speed bumps, according to Mayor Paul Braun, are historically not a great option. Trustee Philip Minga explained two flaws associated with speed bumps: they make it difficult for emergency vehicles to travel down streets; people tend to overcompensate for having to slow down by speeding up once they get past the bump.

“The answer is enforcement,” Braun said.

The mayor directed Flossmoor Deputy Police Chief, Mike Pulec, who was present at the meeting, to devote more attention to enforcing the speed limit on Sterling. 

“Absolutely,” was Pulec's response.

Is speeding really a big issue on Sterling Avenue? What about other local roads? Tell us what you think in the comments!

Smokehouse Brown July 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM
"It came to roost yesterday as I backed out of my driveway and another car clipped me,” said Edelbrock, who lives on Sterling." How is that anyones fault other than Edelbrock?
minnie ha ha July 17, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Who is at fault, when a car back out of a driveway, gets hit? Just wondering.Or how 'bout a car produing onto a street while traffic tries to negotiate around it? What is the difference?
Concerned mom July 17, 2012 at 01:26 PM
It's awful! This goes all the way into Homewood on Western too. It starts at wAlts. I have been tailgates by speeders all the time. And when I pull into my driveway cars are terrible. They either slam on brakes or drive really fast. I have seen several cars pass each other in Sterling too.
Charlie July 17, 2012 at 02:02 PM
About time, Sterling runs through a residential area. I'd love to see Homewood crackdown and enforce the limits on 183rd, most of which is residential. I can't pull onto it safely what with the high speeds of approaching vehicles. It's become a high speed thoroughfare with speed limits ignored.
Davida M. Salamon July 17, 2012 at 02:36 PM
43 years ago as a new resident of Flossmoor I sped south on Sterling - much to my dismay! Got my first and last sppeding ticket and NEVER pulled that trick again. Too bad the speeders do not take into consideration that they are in a neighborhood and not an expressway...definately favor stronger enforcement which will keep everyone safer. Good luck in your efforts !
Mike Schreiber July 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I have lived on Sterling for over 27 years. I have witnessed a great deal of excessive speeding, even speeders being passed by faster speeders. It has clearly become worse of the years. There are no stop signs between 183rd and downtown Flossmoor. That may be the problem. A stop sign at Heather and one at Wallace may be the solution?
P. Zuccarello July 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Yes, speeding on Sterling Avenue is a BIG problem. The police dept has been very passive to responses to patrol / monitor more heavily over the years. Maybe after a few kids or bicyclists get mowed down, something will really happen. I'll believe the "get tough" rhetoric when I see more pull-overs. Signed, Sterling Resident
noonies July 17, 2012 at 03:05 PM
How about Martin Avenue just west of The Dixie Highway. Talk about a raceway! People fly down Martin to avoid the light at 183rd and Dixie. Wait the extra 30 seconds at the light and stay out of my neighborhood. And what about 183rd in general? I'm slow moving at 40mph compared to most people.
Flossmoor gal July 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Are you kidding? Yes it's an issue! People FLY from the Homewood end of the street south into Flossmoor. Every once in awhile I see someone pulled over but not frequenly. As they approach Heather Road, there is no slowing down even though the speed limit starts at 25 just south of that point. It's difficult to go only 25 mph but that is how slow the street should be as vehicles enter our village and drive into our busy roundabout and the central business district. Yes, the speeding on that small stretch of Sterling is a problem!
Angela Jackson July 17, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Yay Jack!! Although I have to say sometimes I am at fault for going a little faster then I remember how I complain when someone is on my tail or goes around me because I am slowing down to turn into my home on Sterling. So I say yes ticket everybody even me if I am rushing!!!
Phillip R Baggs July 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I have seen people pass cars going the speed limit on Sterling.
Jack July 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I agree. All of Heather Hill Crescent should be renamed the Heather Hill Crescent Grand Prix!
Ron Herte July 17, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Yes speeding is an issue. There is also an issue of drivers ignoring stop signs within the sub-division.
Fay Booker July 17, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I walk Sterling to/from the train. There are a lot of speeders, but I've never seen someone rear-ended when backing out of a driveway. I'm more concerned about train foot traffic at the north end of the station and those who don't stop at the corner of Wallace & Sterling...
HF Resident July 17, 2012 at 09:08 PM
How about this guy doesnt back into oncoming cars? I understand that people probably speed on Sterling at times (just like all other side streets), but to only complain because you backed into a car is kind of hypocritical. It isn't mentioned that the oncoming car was cited for speeding, so I assume they weren't. Since the insurance company will likely put blame on him because his car was in reverse at the time of the collision, he needs to immidiately run to the board?If it is so bad, where are the people that live on that street with children? They are the ones that should be concerned if there is a problem. If they arent complaining, then maybe Flossmoor shouldn't waste any time or money into this "issue".
Peg Boivin July 17, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Yes it is. All posted speed limits should be enforced. Especially a street like Sterling which is very narrow.
Marie B. July 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Thank you! Now let's get more street lights so we can seeing who's trespassing or breaking into our homes!
WA Mama July 18, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Going south, it starts at 183rd on Western. People turn that corner, and I'm sure they're up to nearly 40 mph before the end of the first block, my block. Even if they're going a "safe" 5 miles over the limit, which is 30 up until Heather, that puts them at 35 by the time they hit Sterling. People don't know to slow down, and frankly, don't care. I'm all for harder crack-down. Please urge the Homewood police to join in the effort.
Angela Jackson July 18, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I am am complaining I am a mother of three on Sterling. And Jack is just now complaining and I have watched him back out of drive way more than once and almost get hit.
Jennifer July 18, 2012 at 04:24 PM
How about the 5 accidents in the past 4 years at the corner of Bruce and Wallace, where they won't put a stop sign on either street because there is no evidence that this corner is "that dangerous"
SouthSide July 18, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Yes, it is an issue, especially considering that some of the drivers are leaving the brewery after having too much to drink... I confess that I drive 30 - 35 on that road... and even then I'm tailgated and/or passed. I think a couple of speed bumps wouldn't hurt...
Thomas Rickhoff July 19, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I personally know Mr. Edelbrock so I may be someone biased. I do agree that going from 183rd St. to the Flossmoor Library without a single stop does tend to make drivers want to go faster. I would push for a few stop signs or perhaps even a few officers parked on some of the adjacent streets to entice drivers to going the speed limit.
noonies July 20, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I'm sure you travel at all the posted speed limits Tony.
SHUSSBAR July 20, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Very narrow? nah! a regular 2 lane street that s it. what do you need there? A 6 lane highway? But yes, speeding, and not only on Sterling is a major issue. Tickets, tickets, tickets.
SHUSSBAR July 20, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Corners are not dangerous. Bad/wreckless drivers, speeders are.
hope4peace July 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Heather Rd from Governors Hwy to Sterling/Western is crazy as well. People fly off Governors with no traffic signal or stop sign until they hit Sterling. It's a way to avoid the lights on 183rd. In over 20 years I have only seen someone pulled over once and it looked like they didn't get a ticket. I've never seen enforcement and I have wondered if it is because 1/2 of the street is Homewood and 1/2 of the street is Flossmoor. A Homewood officer was out on Heather trying to help neighbors corral a loose dog, and people didn't even slow down when they saw people in the street and the cop car! The officer had to scream at people to slow down to avoid hitting the dog and the officer herself.
Deb Hartung July 23, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I live in Old Flossmoor and drive down Sterling constantly as do members of my family. I have never once been tailgated or passed by other drivers and I drive the speed limit. I brought this article up to my daughters and they said they've never had a problem either. I'm sure there are some ignorant drivers but let's not exaggerate. Reckless drivers will ignore stop signs and run through them while it will inconvenience conscientious law abiding drivers. I have noticed officers parked on adjacent streets so it is being watched already.

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