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The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Friday afternoon that speed camera warnings will be issued at two newly installed locations.
Speed cameras near Challenger Dog Park (1142 W. Irving Park Rd.) and Washington Park (536 E. Morgan Dr.) began their 30-day warning period Friday where drivers exceeding the speed limit by six miles per hour will receive warning letters in the mail.
Once the 30-day warning period is over, there will be another two week period to make sure drivers who were mailed warnings receive them in the mail before tickets with fines attached begin being issued.
Here’s Part 2 of a recent conversation The Expired Meter’s nitwit publisher The Parking Ticket Geek had with Frank Avila, the host of CAN-TV‘s Issue Forum.
The two discussed the city’s notorious parking meter lease deal, the new speed camera program, ways to possibly avoid speed camera tickets as well as tips for fighting improper parking tickets.
Here’s Part 1 of the interview with the Geek if you, like many, many others with much better things to do, happened to have missed it.
Don’t be surprised if you see bright orange signs and street sweepers on your street during December.
That’s because Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation decided to officially extend street cleaning through mid-December.
In past years Chicago’s street cleaning season runs from April 1st through November 30th.
But due to the prolonged and mild fall which delayed many trees from shedding their leaves until late in the season, Streets and Sanitation felt it would be important to winter snow removal efforts to make sure leaves were cleared from residential streets where possible.
No, the headline for this piece is not a typo.
Interstate speed limits that are too low are dangerous and the speed limits on metro Chicago Tollways like I-88, I-294 and I-355 fit this description.
Transportation engineers world-wide almost unanimously advocate posting speed limits based on the free-flowing 85th percentile speed. This is the speed below which 85% of cars actually travel when not impeded by traffic or heavy visible enforcement. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has published a report that explains how this method works, why it works and the dangers of not using it.
South Side drivers will be happy to know, the facelift to the Kedzie Street Bridge is finished and open to vehicular traffic according to DNA Info.
The city spent $5 million to give the bridge which spans the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal between 31st and 36th a new concrete roadway deck, sidewalks, floor beams and bracing as well as repaired girders.
The bridge was originally build in 1909, reconstructed in 1969 before this most recent work began this past March. The bridge was closed to all traffic since June.
Here’s DNA Info’s full report, “Kedzie Avenue Bridge Reopens to Traffic.”
No one seems to be obeying the speed limit on the Illinois Tollway system according to the Chicago Tribune.
The newspaper reported Sunday that traffic studies indicate that, depending on exactly which stretch of the tollway that was being studied, 91-98% of cars are traveling faster than the posted 55 mph speed limit and just 1 in 20 vehicles are at or below the speed limit.
Perhaps one of the most interesting metrics from the data is when traffic engineers calculated the 85 percentile speeds of vehicles on the tollway, it comes up between 71-75 mph.
This revelation is well timed as a law to raise the speed limit on all Illinois expressways to 70 mph is set to take effect on January 1st.
The Prospect Heights city council passed the measure last Monday according to the Daily Herald.
Signed by Governor Pat Quinn earlier in the year, this new law allows municipalities and their school districts to install traffic cameras, much like red light or speed cameras, that would snap a photo of any vehicle that passes a stopped school bus with lights flashing and stop arm extended when loading or unloading students.
They came by car, by taxi and some by foot.
Drivers who had cars towed on the first night of the city’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban arrived at City Auto Pound #6 at 701 N. Sacramento Ave., angry, frustrated and tired early Sunday morning to retrieve their cars.
Aurora Ramierez and her husband traveled to the pound by taxi with their two young children, ages 2 and 7 in tow, both still dressed in their pajamas underneath winter coats.
“It was at 6:10 in the morning, we heard four knocks on the door but by the time we went outside the car was gone,” said Ramierez who lives on West Division Street. “The sign says if there’s 2 inches of snow…they could be more specific.”
It was an expensive mistake for towed drivers who were hit with a $150 tow fee, $20 per day in storage fees and a $60 parking ticket.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
I think the Calvin Evans of the self-named CalvinEvans ComedyShow does a good job capturing the feeling many Chicago drivers have trying to avoid parking tickets in the city.
NBC 5, hanging out with law enforcement in a few shopping mall parking lots on Black Friday and finds some drivers parking illegally in spots reserved for handicapped drivers.
Earlier this week, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced a crackdown on this type of illegal behavior over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at malls and shopping centers.
The fines are expensive, ranging from $500 to $2500, and drivers violating these laws risk having their driver’s license suspended.