Snow Covered Cars Are Targets For Tickets
And if you park on the street, and haven’t cleared the snow off your car, dug it out or better yet, moved your vehicle out of the space it’s been hibernating in for the past week, you had better get your butt in gear.
If you don’t know already, motorists are required by law to move their street parked vehicle every seven days. Otherwise you can be ticketed and ultimately towed for Chicago municipal code violation #09-80-110(a)–or in English,”Abandoned Vehicle: 7 Days or Incapable of Operation.”
Many city dwellers find a choice spot on their street and just leave it parked there until the weekend while utilizing the CTA to get to work during the week. Or perhaps it’s a second vehicle not used very often.
In normal circumstances, unless the tires are gone, the windows smashed in or the car was a victim of a fire or accident, it’s hard to tell that a vehicle is abandoned or has not been moved.
But, a week or more after a substantial snowfall, it is VERY easy to see what cars have not been moved. The humongous snow drift on top of the car or a vehicle locked in a snowplow created glacier is the tip off.
So don your long underwear and snowsuit and get shoveling. Hopefully, the fear of a $75 ticket and a potential tow (another $160) will inspire you to get moving.
GEEK EDITOR’S NOTE: This is essentially a reprint from last year, but this type of annual advice is our version of “public service” to remind readers about how to best avoid tickets.