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State Police Going After ‘Rogue’ Motorcycle Riders On Edens Expressway

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois State Police are teaming up with Skokie and Lincolnwood police to try to catch “rogue riders” – people who recklessly drive racing motorcycles on the Edens Expressway.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, state Police Acting Lt. Jeff Grendzinski says it will take a lot of communication from among the police departments and motorists to stop the swarms of racing motorcyclists who ride on shoulders, weave in and out of traffic, and come up on regular traffic at a very fast speed.

State police would like motorists to call 911 about the speeding and recklessly driving motorcyclists along the Edens between Devon Avenue and Old Orchard Road. The program will also soon be expanded to the Dan Ryan Expressway and Interstate 57.

Operation Rogue Rider will run throughout the summer.

“What we’re going to be banking on is live communication – instantaneous information that comes into the dispatch so we can feed it out to our units on the road,” Grendzinski said.

He says state police, “want to make sure motorists get to their destinations safely and by addressing this problem. We feel we can significantly increase that.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

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