It’s said you can’t fight village hall. I admit it seems to be true. However, I will continue to at least let everyone know why and what I’m talking about.
I own a side-by-side and along with ATVs and golf carts are becoming ever more popular in the village of LaMoille. I was approached by our local police officer, Officer Joe Flanagan, and told that it was illegal for anyone to drive a side-by-side, ATV or golf cart on Route 34, a state highway. I’m sure most everyone was told this. It is legal to cross the highway but I must drive in the ditch along side 34. Plus it’s actually Illegal to drive on the streets maintained by the village of LaMoille because there is no ordinance giving us that right. Officer Joe was very polite and professional about what he explained. However, I did check the laws and he was totally correct. I admit I did not know that it was a law.
I then wrote to the mayor of LaMoille, one of several letters, requesting that he and the council notify everyone of these laws because ignorance of the law is no excuse and you can, legally, receive a warning or even a ticket. Why because that’s the law. The mayor and council prefer to look the other way. It’s not their problem.
I suggested that with all the alleys throughout LaMoille perhaps the mayor or council could find a path to FS that would be lawful for these vehicles to drive on. I have not heard anything on this and I don’t expect to.
Why won’t the village make it lawful to drive on the streets of LaMoille? My opinion is because of money. If you would happen to drive on one of the streets of LaMoille and hit a pot hole which causes you to have an accident then perhaps you might have the legal right to sue the village. If it happened today the village would just say you were illegally driving on the street. Case closed. The village doesn’t have our best interest at heart they have the pocketbook at heart.
The village also permits young people to drive on the roads which is also illegal. You must be at least 16 and I believe with a license. I was told. How else will the young people learn to drive or get around the village? I suggested by bike or walk. However, if we want to overlook this infraction of the state of Illinois law than at least offer a course in the LaMoille Junior High School that would teach our young people how to drive on the streets of LaMoille and the state highway safely and avoid getting caught by the police.
The mayor suggested that he would have all these vehicles kept off the roads and that you won’t be able to drive a mower on the streets to mow another yard or even plow your neighbor out during winter. Kinda harsh but at least for once he and the village would be upholding the laws of the state of Illinois.
Perhaps this is something that the mayor or council can’t decide, why I don’t know. Perhaps someone know if or even how we could get this placed on a local ballot and let the people vote on if an ordinance should be written to give the citizens of LaMoille the LEGAL right to drive on the roads of the village and to obey the other laws that the state of Illinois wrote on this very matter.
The mayor and the council should look after all the people of LaMoille and not just listen to a few.
One day someone, perhaps a young child, will be hurt or even killed on the streets. I am sure the mayor and council will send either a get well card or a card of condolence. When it was, and still is, in their power to avoid this one injury or death. I hope they will seriously try and find a solution to this problem and take their focus off the pocketbook and place it on the safety of all the residence of LaMoille.
We, as American citizens, want and should teach our children to obey our laws. However, when our elected officials turn a blind eye to these laws we become no better then the rioters we see today.