Revised Animal Ordinance, Traffic Signal Approved at Village Board Meeting
A new traffic signal is set to go up near Main Street and Central Park. The move comes after a 9-year-old was killed while on his bicycle. Meanwhile, the village also approved new terms to their vicious animal ordinance.
Skokie's most recent Village Board meeting touched on two big changes for motorists and pet owners.
The board unanimously approved a revised version of its vicious animal ordinance. The following are among the more notably changes:
- It is acceptable if an animal attacks a person(s) to prevent physical harm to their owner or people in the owner's household.
- The village says only 20 percent of animal attack victims sign complaints. That will now change, as a witness - or police officer - can sign a complaint on an animal attack. This should allow the village to take necessary actions against problem pet owners, according to the Skokie Review.
- If a person(s) enters an animal owner's property without consent, and they are attacked, the owner will not be held accountable.
- The village further defined their terms of what a "dangerous animal" is.
- Problem pet owners will have greater sanctions against them.
- Problem pet owners will have greater difficulty when trying to own animals.
New traffic light to be built in light of 9-year-olds death -
Following the tragic accident that killed 9-year-old Carter Vo, the village approved the construction of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Main Street and Central Park, or just off of Middleton Elementary School, the Skokie Review reports.
The construction of the new traffic signal will cost the village about $250,000 and will take at least six months to install. Police already direct traffic outside Middleton during the morning and afternoon. That will continue until the construction of the signal is complete.
The move comes after Hanin Goma, 23, of Skokie, caused a three car accident that killed a 9-year-old boy who was on his bicycle. The accident happened near the intersection of Main Street and St. Louis Avenue on May 21.
To read our previous coverage or the most recent news on Goma's case, click here.