Monthly Archives: December 2011
Go ahead and pop that champagne cork tonight, but perhaps the best strategy to make sure you get home safely is to leave the car at home this evening.
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.
People residing in the city proper have many alternatives to driving themselves.
Back Seat Buckle Up
It should not be news to anyone that up until now, both driver and front seat passenger, along with any children under the age of 19, needed to wear safety belts while in the car.
Until now, adult back seat passengers were not legally obligated to wear a seat belt.
But starting January 1st, back seat passengers will not have luxury of going belt free and under the law must also wear a safety belt.
“Safety belts have proven to be effective at reducing the severity of injuries and saving lives in automobile crashes,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
Back seat passengers caught not wearing a seat belt could face a $25 fine.
The only exception to the back seat safety belt law will be in the back of taxis and emergency vehicles.
The people behind the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are just nuts.
Earlier this week, the wacko animal rights group announced they were officially asking the state of Illinois to erect a roadside memorial to commemorate the death of 16 cows which were killed in an accident back in May where I-80 and I-294 meet.
It was truly a horrific accident, as a tractor trailer carrying cattle tipped over and spilled cows from the I-80 overpass onto I-294 below. Horrible.
Now, one nitwit PETA member formally submitted paperwork requesting a road marker be installed at the scene of the crash to honor the unfortunate bovine according to the Chicago Tribune.
Better late than never?
A 79-year old Houston, TX man found a parking ticket from 1953 and decided to do the right thing and pay his $1 ticket from 58 years ago to the City of Houston recently according to KHOU-TV.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn may deliver a belated Christmas present for Chicago drivers according to WBEZ Radio. Then again, maybe not.
The public radio station reports Quinn has been suspiciously quiet about the Illinois bill sitting on his desk which would allow Chicago to start using it’s red light camera system to start issuing $50 and $100 speeding tickets via the mail.
According to the story, Quinn has not even read the bill which was passed by the Illinois General Assembly back on November 9th, which now languishes on his desk awaiting his signature. As the article points out, the governor certainly has not tipped his hand on which way he’s leaning.
Edward McClelland knows how Mayor Rahm Emanuel can break the city’s infamous parking meter lease contract.
According to the NBC website columnist, it’s as simple as just not driving and not parking on streets controlled by the city’s parking meters.
In other words, boycott the meters.
McClelland encourages his readers to bike, walk, or do anything else but use a car instead.
Parking meter revenue will decline, profits for the meter system will falter and then Chicago Parking Meters, LLC will be be forced to renegotiate the 75 year lease.
As much as we encourage drivers to avoid parking at the meters as much as possible, and with all due respect to Mr. McClelland, the chances of this ever happening are similar to one’s odds at winning a million dollars in the lottery.
This holiday season, more drivers will be headed over the river, through the woods to Grandmother’s house and many other destinations than last year according to a report by AAA.
Christmas holiday traffic will be up just a smidgen this year, at least according to AAA Chicago.
The group estimates 4.25 million Illinois drivers will be on the road for the 11 day holiday stretch between December 23rd and January 2nd this year–only a .5% increase from 2010.
The Chicago Sun-Times began investigating the rampant abuse of disabled parking placards and handicap license plates to park for free at metered parking spots in September.
After the paper began asking the city questions about the subject, for some reason, (coincidence we’re sure), the number of tickets for using a stolen, fraudulent or improperly used disabled parking placard or disability plates went through the roof according to reports obtained by the newspaper.