‘Can Police Mail Tickets?’ Local Magazine Answers
Time Out Chicago, a weekly mag where local scenesters normally find the bleeding edge, painfully hip, bars, restaurants, clubs and other hot spots in the city, weighs in with some parking ticket wisdom this past issue.
In their weekly column, “Around Town–What’s up with that?” some dude named Matt wants to know if it’s legit when a parking violation is received by mail, but never received the original ticket on his car. “Can police just send tickets in the mail without warning?,” asks Matt.
Regular readers to The Expired Meter know the answer and that is…of course they can. That’s why the city sends out violation notices after the initial ticket.
The magazine, talks to police spokesperson Anne Dwyer, who explains that sometimes tickets will blow off in the wind, and that’ why the city also sends a violation notice in the mail.
Well, why that’s certainly true, they don’t touch on the idea that sometimes a driver will pull away before the ticket is issued. In some instances, completely and innocently oblivious a ticket is being written. Other times, pissed and or upset, some drivers pull away thinking they’re ducking a ticket. Sadly, in most cases, this “run away, run away” strategy almost never works and a few weeks later, the violation notice shows up. SURPRISE!
Then, every once in a florescent orange moon, drivers will get phantom violation notices for locations where they were never parked, or because the license plate was written incorrectly or, because of some hanky panky going on.
But, to its credit, TOC goes a little further and chats (anonymously, cough-cough) with a cop who says that they’ll write tickets off duty to ultra-asinine parking scofflaws because the driver really deserves it.
You can read their entire piece right here.
Graphic courtesy of Time Out Chicago.