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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. 
      

LEMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT
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September 2018

State of Illinois Proclaims September 23rd - 29th Illinois Rail Safety Week

The State of Illinois has declared September 23rd to 29th as Illinois Rail Safety Week in order to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains.  In the United States during 2017, there were 2,105 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 807 injuries and 274 fatalities.  In addition, there were 1,027 trespasser incidents that resulted in 520 fatalities when people trespassed onto railroad property.  During 2017, Illinois ranked in the top three in both categories.  

To promote rail safety awareness and education, the Lemont Police Department will be participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week.  Enforcement details are planned throughout the week at various railroad crossings and commuter stations within the Village of Lemont to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property.  In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks. 

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 86 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.  

According to the Illinois Commerce Commission: 

-  Illinois has more than 7,400 miles of railroad track, the second largest rail system of any state in the                nation. 
-  Over 547 million tons of freight moves on rails within Illinois each year which is the most of any state in          the nation. 
-  Chicago is the largest rail hub in the United States and third largest intermodal container/trailer port in          the world, following only Singapore and Hong Kong.  
-  There are about 37,500 railcars operated by over 50 railroad companies that operate their trains in and          through Illinois, which is the third highest in the United States.
-  About 20 million tons of chemicals, many of which are hazardous, are transported on the rail system                within Illinois each year. 
-  There are 10,790 public highway rail grade crossings and 3,901 private crossings located within Illinois. 












 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Marc Maton

    Chief of Police
    Phone: (630) 257-2229