From the Chief's Desk
Welcome to the Lemont Police Department website. The Police Department consists of men and women committed to the safety and well being of our residents and visitors. It is the mission of the Lemont Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence of fear and crime and to enhance the public safety while partnering with our residents to improve their quality of life.
Pedestrian crossing signage is one of the most important forms of signage to have in a high pedestrian traffic area, especially with the number of tech distractions drivers face. When crosswalks or crossing areas lack adequate lighting or signage, the potential for pedestrian safety hazards is nearly doubled. Additional signage helps prevent pedestrian fatalities and/or injuries from occurring near and/or around the crossing.
The Village of Lemont utilizes several different crosswalk configurations depending on the speed and traffic volume of an intersection. At crosswalks with stoplights, cars and pedestrians must each obey their signal. If there’s no specific pedestrian signal, pedestrians can only enter a crosswalk when they have the green light. Several additional signs are utilized in areas where crossings occur away from a signalized intersection.
The authority of the sign incorporates the coloring and style of other traffic signage. Yellow is a cautionary color; red indicates direction to the public. In addition to painted crosswalk designations on the pavement, the following signs are utilized in the Village of Lemont:
Pedestrian Crossing Caution Sign
These signs instruct drivers to slow and be on the lookout for pedestrian crossing. Pedestrians need to monitor traffic and cross when it is safe to do so. Drivers are not required to stop for a person waiting to cross. They must, however, yield to a pedestrian already in the crosswalk.
An example of this type of sign is posted on 127th Street and Eagle Crest Drive.
Stop for Pedestrian Crossing
These signs instruct drivers to stop and yield the roadway if pedestrians are about to enter or are already in the crosswalk. Drivers must stop as though a regular stop sign were in place. Drivers could be cited for failure to comply with the sign direction.
An example of this type of signage is posted on State Street and Logan Street by St. Als.
The Lemont Police Department continually strives to provide a safe environment for the public. If there are any areas where additional signage would be warranted, please contact the Police Department so that we can assess the traffic pattern and enhance the safety of our walking public.
Illinois Crosswalk Laws
The definition of crosswalk, extracted from the Illinois Vehicle Code, Chapter 1. Title and Definitions, 625 ILCS 5/1-113,
(a) That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway, and in the absence of a sidewalk on one side of the highway, that part of the highway included within the extension of the lateral line of the existing sidewalk to the side of the highway without the sidewalk, with such extension forming a right angle to the centerline of the highway;
(b) Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface placed in accordance with the provisions in the Manual adopted by the Department of Transportation as authorized in Section 11-301.
(Source: P.A. 83-831.)
The right of way at crosswalks, extracted from the Illinois Vehicle Code, Rules of the Road, 625 ILCS 5/11-1002
Pedestrians' right-of-way at crosswalks.
(a) When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
(c) Paragraph (a) shall not apply under the condition stated in Section 11-1003 (b).
(d) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
(e) Whenever stop signs or flashing red signals are in place at an intersection or at a plainly marked crosswalk between intersections, drivers shall yield right-of-way to pedestrians as set forth in Section 11-904 of this Chapter.
(Source: P.A. 96-1165, eff. 7-22-10.)
Crossing at other than crosswalks, extracted from the Illinois Vehicle Code, Rules of the Road, 625 ILCS 5/11-1003
Crossing at other than crosswalks.
(a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(b) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
(d) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices; and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
(e) Pedestrians with disabilities may cross a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk where the intersection is physically inaccessible to them but they shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(Source: P.A. 88-685, eff. 1-24-95.)
Drivers to exercise due care, extracted from the Illinois Vehicle Code, Rules of the Road, 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1
Drivers to exercise due care.
Notwithstanding other provisions of this Code or the provisions of any local ordinance, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian, or any person operating a bicycle or other device propelled by human power and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated or intoxicated person.