Aurora police crack down on texting while driving
September 5, 2013 4:22PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:59PM
Aurora police charged 30 drivers last week in an operation meant to curtail texting and driving.
On Aug. 29, Aurora police drove rental cars along Eola Road between Interstate 88 and Route 34 to blend into traffic, then alerted other police officers of offenders by radio.
Police stopped 42 vehicles during the four-hour operation. They issued 21 tickets for texting while driving, six for insurance violations, and one ticket each for an expired license, no front license plate and improper lane use.
Officers also wrote 16 written warnings and one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant, police said.
Police said that Eola Road includes six of the top 30 intersections across the city where crashes occur.
Lubna A. Peerbhai, of the 25600 block of Wildwood Court, Warrenville, was taken to Rush Copley Medical Center for evaluation after a two-car crash at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday at Route 59 and Liberty Street. Peerbhai was charged with improper lane use and no insurance, police said.
Chris J. Bahramis, 30, of the 100 block of Buenavista Drive, DeKalb, was charged with felony forgery at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 0-99 block of New York Street, police said.
Jeremy J. Sherman, 25, of the 800 block of Pearl Street, Aurora, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday at West Downer Place and South Elmwood Drive, police said.
Jerry J. Marquardt, 49, of the 2000 block of Charles Lane, Aurora, was charged with felony driving on a suspended or revoked license at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday at Eola Road and New York Street, police said.
Brandi Mulvaney, 27, 900 block of Hugh Street, Plano, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license at 8:05 a.m. Friday near Bristol Bay Drive and Bertram Drive, police said.
Jeanette Munos, 50, 1400 block of Golden Oaks Parkway, Aurora, was charged with drunken driving and improper lane usage at 9:08 p.m. Monday near Route 47 and Cannonball Trail, police said.