Category Archives: Ask The Geek
I received a ticket for blocking a fire hydrant.
But I parked there one evening because the snow was so high that the hydrant and the yellow curb were not visible.
Is there a way to contest this?
Most of us are exasperated with the tremendous amount of snow in the city this winter, Katie.
But would you have ever thought that in this instance, the snow actually works to your advantage in fighting this parking ticket?
Maureen received a letter from the city claiming her car was parked in the city in violation of rush-hour parking restrictions and she needed to cough up the $60 fine.
The problem was, on the date and time in question, she said her car was parked in the lot where she works in west suburban Naperville.
While the violation notice was issued to her vehicle, the photo in the notice was of another license plate on the same make of vehicle and same expiration date, but the plate was off by a single digit.
Maureen contested the ticket by mail and was quite surprised when the administrative law judge upheld the violation.
She was angry and confused when she got the letter from the city informing her she was still responsible for the ticket — so she emailed “Ask the Parking Ticket Geek.”
Dear Parking Ticket Geek,
I received a ticket in a spot in Lincoln Park that I have parked in at least 30 times with no problem. It is on the end of a block, near a crosswalk, without a sign restricting parking.
But the ticket says it’s for “Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk.”
If this is really true, it would eliminate thousands of spots that Chicagoans use every day. Think I can beat it?
Rest assured Tedd, you were parked perfectly legally.
Read the rest at DNA Info Chicago.
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I received a ticket for municipal code violation 9-76-160A (Rear and front license plates required).
But both plates were on the vehicle. I contested by mail and enclosed pictures showing both plates attached.
I was just notified in the mail that the ticket was upheld.
What more can I do at an appeal to the Circuit Court of Cook County? Is it worth it?
Andy: Unfortunately, this is an example of why I frown on contesting parking tickets by mail.
Read more at DNA Info.
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On Sunday I parked on Halsted Street between Division and North Avenue.
As I was returning to my car, I noticed tickets on most of the cars and yes, there was one on mine. I’m a stickler for making sure I’m parked in nonrestricted areas and pay the meter, even if I’m going to be gone for 5 minutes.
The reason I didn’t pay the meter yesterday is because it was Sunday. I thought all meters were free on Sunday. There should be a visible sign posted indicating parking must be paid on Sundays. Right?
What are my chances of getting this dismissed if I contest it?
Sorry Mindy, unfortunately there’s no such thing as “free Sunday parking” in that part of Lincoln Park.
Read the rest of the answer at DNA Info Chicago.
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At the start of June, I moved from Chicago back to Skokie.
I obviously did not renew my expiring Chicago city sticker since I was moving out of the city. Instead, I got my Skokie city sticker about a week after I moved.
Yesterday I got a ticket at a metered spot for “NO DISPLAYED CITY STICKER.”
I’m quite confused, because I’m not a Chicago resident, and I have a valid Skokie sticker displayed on my windshield.
I really can’t afford to pay a $200 ticket!
P.S. My car still has my old Chicago city sticker still displayed. Does that make a difference?
Last year’s Chicago city sticker is the problem.
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A few weeks ago my dad had cataract surgery Downtown. I had his car and picked him up outside on Wabash. I pulled in front of a fire hydrant but stayed in the car with the engine running. The nurses and my mom brought my dad down in a wheelchair, got him into the car, and I drove them home.
He got a ticket in the mail for a hydrant parking violation. I guess there must have been a parking meter employee who walked by and took a picture of the car in front of the hydrant.
He’s planning on contesting it by including documentation from the eye place that he had surgery. He also has handicapped plates and included the handicapped placard as part of his case. Anything else he should do?
Hey Mike, most ticket writers or police officers would have given an illegally parked driver a heads-up and told him to move his vehicle before writing a ticket. But the person who issued your ticket didn’t, and then didn’t even have the nerve to hand you the ticket.
But here’s the good news: you were not parked illegally.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
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Yesterday, I received a ticket for parking during rush hour on a street where parking is not allowed from 4-6pm.
Clearly my fault.
However, the officer who issued the ticket forgot to mark which state my license plate was from, which is Wisconsin.
Can I use this mistake to get out of the ticket? Please let me know if there is any hope for me.
You totally dodged a bullet on this one…
Someone else wrote those parking tickets.
That’s what two Chicago police officers, accused of writing some of the 24 bogus parking tickets issued to motorist Mark Geinosky, contended in their police board hearings earlier this week.
In other words, according to the Chicago Tribune, the two officers became victims of the same scam that targeted Geinosky when another officer or officers stole a handful of tickets from their ticket books to harass Geinosky.
Can I get a ticket for no city sticker if I am legally parked at a meter?
Of course you can be ticketed for a city sticker violation parked at a meter Sagar.
Being legally parked at a meter does not magically project an invisible force field over your vehicle that repels ticket writers from issuing you tickets for other violations.
If your car’s license plate is expired, missing a front plate, parked over 12″ from the curb or not sporting a valid city sticker on the windshield you can be ticketed–even if you have time on the meter.