Monthly Archives: July 2011
Motorists have always been the whipping boy when it comes to personal modes of transportation.
Traffic tickets, parking tickets, red light camera violations, etc., drivers bare the brunt of all enforcement.
Pedestrians and bicycle riders can pretty much do anything they want and almost never get ticketed–walk against the light, blow through stop signs and traffic lights, ride against traffic–whatever.
Drivers see all types of this behavior behind the wheel of their car and are frustrated when the goof listening intently to his iPod or sending a text message while they try to step into traffic in front of their car. Or, get angry when a bike rider ignores the rules of the road, nearly causes and accident and then becomes belligerent despite being in the wrong.
An alert reader of this website snapped some photos of a Chicago Department of Revenue boot van parked blocking the driveway to the Speedway gas station on Damen Ave. at Roscoe last Friday afternoon at around 1:15 PM.
If you’re old like me, you have fond memories of the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile back in the late ’60s and early ’70′s.
When you were a kid, it was a REALLY big deal to actually see a Wienermobile and if you were lucky enough to see it when it was stopped at an event, the driver probably gave you a super-cool Wienermobile whistle. Awesome.
Monday is the 75th birthday of the Wienermobile.
CNN has a great piece which lays out the history of the most recognizable vehicle on the road today, chronicling the ups and downs of this classic vehicle over the past 75 years.
The games start at 7:05 PM, but parking restrictions on residential streets are in effect as of 5 PM.
Don’t even think about parking on any side street in Lakeview without a proper residential parking permit or legit RPP guest pass.
Otherwise, it’s a ticket and a tow for you.
Just avoid driving in Lakeview the next two days.
70,000 Sticker Violation Tickets Expected In Next 6 Weeks
While Saturday was officially the first day of enforcement for city sticker violations, expect Monday to see enforcement for this violation to heat up for the next few weeks.
The city sticker sales season officially ended Friday, but weekend parking enforcement is typically lower on weekends than during the work week.
City sources are saying that Parking Enforcement Aides working through the Department of Revenue will be out in force Monday with instructions to be on the look out for city sticker violations.
Friday is the last day to purchase your 2012 Chicago city sticker and slap it on your windshield.
Drivers with cars registered in the City of Chicago must purchase the $75 sticker and make sure it gets mounted onto the lower passenger side of your vehicle’s windshield by 11:59 on July 15th, or risk being issued a $120 ticket starting on July 16th.
Drivers of color beware.
The chances of black and Hispanic motorists being issued a ticket after a traffic stop is greater than if your skin is white.
At least that’s according to a study of Illinois Department of Transportation data compiled by the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Research in Law and Justice.
First pitch is at 7:05 PM, but parking restrictions begins at 5 PM.
If you don’t have a proper residential parking permit or RPP guest pass and parked on a side street in Lakeview–you’re going to be ticketed and possibly towed.
We say…stay the heck out of Lakeview if you’re driving.
City Clerk Susana Mendoza Shows Drivers How To Get That Darn Sticker Off Your Windshield
With Chicago city sticker season coming to an end, The Expired Meter thought it might be helpful to readers to produce an instructional video on how to get last year’s city sticker off your windshield.
We tried to find an expert on this matter so we contacted the Chicago City Clerk’s office–the city agency in charge of selling the 1.3 million city stickers sold every year to see if City Clerk Susana Mendoza could help us out.
But not as pricey as it is to park in Boston, Honolulu or New York according to Colliers International’s 2011 Parking Rate Survey.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports on the study which says the average daily price to park in Chicago is $32 a day, earning the Windy City the number four spot on the list. Boston comes in number three at $32 a day, Honolulu at number two at $38 with New York, not surprisingly topping the list with $41. Chicago’s price is a 3.4% increase over last year’s rate.
However, when looking at the cost of monthly parking rates, Chicago comes in seventh with a $289 monthly average cost, a drop of 9.7& compared to last year’s report.