Van Stolen, But City Tries To Hold Owner Responsible For Tickets
According to the Chicago Tribune, an Oak Park couple’s van gets stolen out of their garage in the middle of the day.
The thief promptly generated a few red light camera tickets and a ton of parking tickets on the stolen van he or she was driving.
Despite reporting the vehicle stolen, having the title transferred to the insurance company (because the van was not recovered), and writing the city regarding all the thief incurred tickets, the city would not dismiss the bulk of the violations.
After many, many calls, the couple still couldn’t get anyone with the city to use common sense and throw out all the citations.
Instead, the city asked the Secretary of State to suspend the driver’s license of the older woman who’s name was on the vehicle’s title and registration.
Finally, the Tribune’s What’s Your Problem columnist Jon Yates, came to the rescue on behalf of the former van owners.
Yates made a few phone calls to City Hall and POOF, the city throws out all outstanding tickets and reinstates the driver’s license with the Secretary of State’s office.
Funny how that works.
Here’s the Trib’s full story, “Problem Solver: Van stolen, driver’s license suspended.”