Monthly Archives: October 2010

Safety Tips For Halloween Driving

jack-o-lanternHalloween may be the most dangerous night of the year for kids.

And not because of all the stomach aches that occur from consuming an overabundance of candy.

No,there are multiple studies that indicate more children are hit by vehicles on October 31st than any other 24 hour period of the year.

The Center for Disease Control conducted a study between 1975 and 1996 that showed deaths for young (age 5-14) pedestrians is four times higher on Halloween than any other night of the year.

More generally, a 1999 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims most collisions between vehicles and young pedestrians occur between 4-8 PM–the heart of trick or treating, and 84% of young pedestrian deaths occur mid-block when kids try to dash across the street.

So, here are a few tips when you’re out driving this Sunday.

ALERT!: North Halsted Halloween Parade Sunday

Try to avoid Boystown on Sunday afternoon and evening.

That is unless you actually want to participate in the always entertaining North Halsted Halloween Parade, hosted by the Triangle Neighbors.

This year the theme is, “Little Street of Horrors.” We’re positive you will never see more flamboyant, over the top, entertaining and creative costumes anywhere in Chicago.

Oops! Car Flies Into House Down Under

Let’s go over this again.

The pedal on the left is the brake…the one on the right is the accelerator.

Indy Takes Next Step With Meter Privatization

Indianapolis seems to be learning from Chicago’s meter mistakes.

Wednesday, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, voted unanimously to move ahead with privatizing the city’s parking meter system according to WRTV.

But in Indianapolis, they do things a little differently than Chicago.

When the city first unveiled the original meter deal, there was heavy criticism of many of the terms.

So, unlike the Daley Administration, which despite criticism just jammed the deal down the throats of the city council and citizens of Chicago, Indianapolis went back to the drawing board, got input from business and neighborhood groups, and changed many of the unpalatable parts of their deal.

Cops Nab Parking Meter Thief Tuesday Night

It looks like Chicago’s parking meter bandit has been apprehended, according to Fox Chicago News.

Redefining the term “smash and grab,” West side resident Jeffrey Kaput, allegedly rammed his van into parking meter pay boxes to knock them over and load them in his van.

He was arrested early Wednesday morning, after being pulled over by police late Tuesday night in the 5500 block of West Augusta, following a report of a vehicle matching his van’s appearance colliding with a pay box.

Over the past five weeks, over 20 parking meter pay boxes have been uprooted and stolen on the West and Northwest sides of the city.

NPR Covers Chicago Stolen Parking Meters

Chicago Public Radio’s Alex Keefe did a nice piece on Chicago’s stolen parking meters story.

Secretary Of State Unveils New Blackhawk Plates

Start drooling Blackhawk fans.

Tuesday, Secretary of State Jesse White and the Chicago Blackhawks unveiled a new Blackhawk’s license plate.

At a press conference downtown at the James Thompson Center, White along with Hawks’ luminaries like Hall of Famer Stan Mikita, 3 time All-Star Marty Turco and Hawks President John McDonough were on hand for the plate’s unveiling.

“We are proud to make these license plates available to the public as a means of showing Blackhawks team spirit and supporting education across the state,” said White. “It’s a fitting time for us to kick off this new series of plates following their historic season.”

City Sticker Problem May Have Cost City Millions In Parking Ticket Revenue

Vendor Of Defective Stickers Has 4 Years Left On Contract

June is the start of Chicago’s annual city sticker sales season.

But almost as soon as sales had begun this year, the City Clerk’s office had discovered an embarrassing problem with the 2010-2011 city vehicle stickers.

They didn’t stick.

Many of the $75 city stickers were defective and began peeling off car windshields because they lacked enough adhesive to actually remain permanently affixed.

Parking Meter Pay Boxes Readied For Winter

Even before the summer ended, Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, began a new round of winterizing the over 3000 parking meter payboxes the company operates on city streets.

Last year, in early December, before their initial winterizing effort was completed, a rain storm was followed by freezing temperatures that caused thousands of the payboxes to freeze up so they wouldn’t operate properly, creating embarrassment for the company and the wrath of motorists and Mayor Daley.

But this year, the company has been adding plastic button covers to the payboxes that looks to keep rain, snow, ice and all the other elements from compromising operation.

Group’s Final Red Light Camera Protest Saturday

For nearly two months, Scott Davis and his merry band from Cook County Campaign For Liberty, have spent their Saturday mornings at red light camera intersections around the county.

With signs in hand, and fliers to pass out to motorists, the small but dedicated group has tried their best to alert drivers and voters to the problems with RLCs and convince people to vote against pro-camera politicians and for anti-RLC candidates.

Driver response is generally positive. At last week’s protest at the intersection of Milwaukee & Montrose on Chicago’s northwest side, drivers honked their horns and gave protesters the thumbs up as they drove by. Group members passed out closed to 800 fliers to interested motorists.

But after five protest events and the election just days away, the group’s sixth protest this Saturday at Touhy & Western on Chicago’s far north side, will be its last before election day.