Oak Lawn resident and Traffic Review Committee member, Norm Lepescu, who came under criticism for a road rage incident, rambled on at the village board meeting about various subjects including his driving record, his nickname, his refusal to discuss who paid for his attorney in a recent case, and even “that Leaf thing”.
Lepescu entered into attack mode right away but didn’t explain his traffic altercation, which was reported on by the Oak Lawn Leaf, other than to say that he drives that way all the time. “If you don’t like it, that’s just too bad,” he said.
Lepescu, who was appointed by Mayor Sandra Bury to the Village’s Traffic Review Committee embarrassed the administration when he was the subject of a police report for disorderly conduct. Lepescu was accused of driving at a high rate of speed and cutting off another vehicle, forcing it to the curb. Lepescu, reportedly then began yelling at the driver of the car that he had forced off the road.
A police patrol witnessed Lepescu yelling at the other driver in the street. In the police report, Lepescu told the police he drove in front of the other vehicle and stopped it. Lepescu told the police officer that he got out of his car and began yelling at the other driver because he’s “an idiot” and “shouldn’t have a driver’s license” for pulling out into traffic and not accelerating fast enough for his liking.
The police officer reported that he then asked Lepescu if he thought it was wise to park his vehicle on Southwest Highway and begin yelling at someone while standing on the street. Lepescu, without accepting any responsibility, answered that if the other driver was not such “an idiot” the incident wouldn’t have happened.
After the Oak Lawn Leaf published the road rage report in June, Lepescu appeared at the Village Board Meeting and mentioned his driving record without apologizing for his actions. He did claim that as a truck driver he only had one accident in his whole career. However the incident reported by the Oak Lawn Leaf had nothing to do with accidents and instead centered on his conduct as an appointee of Mayor Bury acting in what many would describe as an unsafe manner.
Without ever explaining why he curbed another driver, with no authority to do so, he dismissed the questions about his actions, stating, “I drive the same way I drive all the time, if you don’t like it that’s just too bad.”
According to the Village of Oak Lawn’s website, the Traffic Review Committee of the Village of Oak Lawn is comprised of six members, one from each of the six Village districts, plus a member of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, the Planning and Development Commission and the Board of Appeals. Additional unofficial members representing the Village staff are the Village Engineer and a member of the Oak Lawn Police Department.
This committee meets on the first Thursday of each month to discuss traffic problems and requests from residents pertaining to traffic control. Items requiring additions to the traffic code are presented to the Village Board for their consideration and implementation in the form of an ordinance. After adoption of the ordinance, pertinent signage is installed by the Street Department to inform motorists of those regulations, which have been either instituted or modified from previous restrictions.
The Traffic Review Committee utilizes petition forms intended to simplify and clarify requests, which are presented to the committee. These forms serve to standardize all requests presented to the Committee for their review and recommendations.
The Village website no longer lists Lepescu as a member of the committee but according to the minutes of the last meeting, he remains a member.