Monthly Archives: December 2010
New Year’s Eve is notoriously one of the most dangerous nights to drive, for obvious reasons. In addition, anytime you mix alcohol and driving, motorists are at risk for DUI.
Perhaps the best strategy if you plan on going out for New Year’s, is consider leaving the car at home tonight.
People residing in the city proper have many alternatives to driving themselves.
Each New Year’s the CTA offers 1 penny bus and train rides so party people can get home cheaply and safely.
Taxi cabs are a convenient, but more expensive alternative as well.
Of course, walking is a very low cost mode of transportation.
If you have to drive, don’t over do it imbibing your favorite adult beverage. Using a designated driver is recommended.
One would think New Yorkers know how to handle the snow.
From how the Big Apple handled this last blizzard, I think they need to give Mayor Daley a call for some advice.
Check out this video tale of two geniuses, a tow truck, front loader and an innocently parked Ford Explorer.
WARNING: Video has some strong language.
Thanks to Winky for the tip.
So now, as New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg is having his own Bilandic moment with the city still paralyzed from the snowstorm, that NYC announced the fourth day of suspended parking meter regulations and alternative side parking for street cleaning today according to Fox New York News.
In honor of the recent snow storms crippling the east coast and the snow the Chicago area has been hit with, we present the following video for your viewing pleasure.
It’s called “Winter Festival” by Denis Mulvihill, A Garbage In The Street Production.
If you like seeing the slow migration of lawn furniture from backyards and garages onto the neighborhood streets of Chicago, you’ll love this.
Most prominently, the Illinois state legislature passed changes to red light camera enforcement.
The law, which originally began as a law to ban all RLCs in the state, eventually became watered down legislation that allegedly streamlined the way Illinois towns handled red light camera ticketing. In it’s final form, the law accomplishes very little from the driver’s perspective.
The main changes to the law are that a safety impact study must be completed before a new red light camera can be installed, vehicles which come to a complete stop but pass the stop bar (but don’t enter the intersection) will not be ticketed, and a policeman–not a technician–must review any potential red light camera violations (although Chicago is exempt from this rule).
Man Arrested After Posting Video Driving Corvette 195 MPH
Oklahoma resident Cody Replogle wanted to show off how fast the modified 1999 Corvette he was trying to sell could go.
He shot video and posted it to YouTube.
$5 Per Hour Downtown Rates Highest In Nation
No, not Christmas or New Year’s, but parking meter rate increase season.
It was three years ago this month when Mayor Daley and his cohorts in the city council pushed through the Chicago parking meter lease deal.
One of the more onerous results of the 75-year deal was an initial five years of steep meter rate price increases.
On January 1st, parking meter rates will rise for the third of the five initial years.
Downtown, meter rates will jump $0.75 from $4.25 per hour to $5.00 an hour–giving Chicago the distinction of having the highest downtown parking meter rates in the nation.
New York, and Los Angeles, while both larger than Chicago, have lower downtown rates than the Windy City. New York’s highest rate is currently $3.75 an hour, while LA tops out at $4 per hour downtown.
In areas adjacent to the Loop (River North, Gold Coast, parts of Lincoln Park, Near North) rates will go up $0.50 per hour from $2.50 to $3.00 per hour.
Meter rates in all other outlying neighborhoods will increase just $0.25 from $1.25 per hour to $1.50 per hour.
At least according to an article in Monday’s Chicago Tribune.
Trib writers have done their homework and seem to identified a verifiable trend–red light camera tickets are down. But so is RLC revenue.
City officials and police all claim the red light cameras are doing what they were supposed to do: reducing red light running by changing driver behavior.
But according to the Bloomington Pantagraph, Illinois State Troopers pulled over 7800 drivers for violating this new law so far this year.
Of the 7800 drivers pulled over, 4,236 received citations and 2,629 caught a break and were sent on their way with just a warning.
The current legal trend is for more and more regulation of using cellphones while driving. In Chicago, you cannot text and drive nor talk on your cellphone without a hands free device.