My wife and I saw some motorcycles driving unsafe and a police officer ignoring it. After the police car turned off to meander in a residential neighborhood, one of the motorcycles attempted to pass a vehicle in a no passing zone and struck a semi. The motorcyclist, who is from my hometown (which is weird since we were in another state) had to be flown away by Flight for Life and is in critical condition. Afterwards, I wrote this letter to the local police department:
Dear Sir or Madam,
As you might be aware, there was an accident on April 19, 2014 on U.S. Route 12 that involved a motorcycle and a semi truck: http://mchenrysheriff.org/about-us/media-releases/motorcycle-and-semi-truck-traffic-crash.aspx
My wife and I feel that there was some negligence on the part of the Spring Grove Police in this matter. We had just finished grocery shopping at Jewel Osco and were in our car waiting to turn left onto Route 12 from Finch street when we saw the group of motorcyclists zipping by and weaving in and out of traffic. They were going well past the speed limit. Close behind them was a police car traveling the same direction (west), and we thought he was going to go after them and pull them over. Either this officer wasn’t paying attention, he didn’t want to disrupt traffic, or there is an unwritten rule to let groups of motorcycles speed on weekends – because he slowed down, let them go, and turned right onto Finch street opposite of us and meandered around in that residential area while the motorcycles zoomed on. One of motorcyclists then attempted to pass in a no passing zone and was critically injured and had to be flown out in a helicopter.
I realize the motorcyclists were at fault, and I’m not blaming your department for the accident. However, this is a good reminder that no matter how angry someone is, no matter how much traffic is disrupted, it’s better for everyone if someone going too fast on the road gets a ticket as opposed to an injury.
Thank you for your time,