Category Archives: Parking Ticket Advice

Snow Covered Cars Are Targets For Tickets

It has been a over a week since Chicago got hit with its first substantial snowfall of the season.

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.”

Geek Speaks In Public Monday Night

The Parking Ticket Geek has an aversion to crowds.

Normally, if he’s not driving around getting parking tickets, he is hiding himself in his secret bunker, deep underground and away from prying and scornful eyes of the public.

However, the creepy Geek, after much prodding and cajoling, has agreed to briefly leave his lair and appear in public (sans mask) to speak to a meeting of a northside civic association called U.N.I.T.E.

Drink Whiskey, Get Your Parking Tickets Paid

Bar Hosts  ‘Parking Ticket Party’, Pays Patron’s Ticket Debt

Chicago parking tickets will drive anyone to drink.

And that’s precisely the hope of the owners of Faith & Whiskey located at 1365 W. Fullerton Ave.

This Lincoln Park whiskey-centric watering hole is hosting a “Parking Ticket Party,” Friday evening to help you forget your ticket woes with the assistance of strong adult beverages and offers a chance to get your parking tickets paid to boot.

Ticket plagued drivers are encouraged to bring in their bright orange unpaid parking tickets to enter a raffle. If you’re raffle ticket is pulled, the bar will pay your outstanding ticket debt up to $1200.

But you must get your ticket entries in by 11 PM with the one winning raffle ticket being drawn at 1 AM. Parking ticket scofflaws must be present to win.

‘Can Police Mail Tickets?’ Local Magazine Answers

Time Out Chicago, a weekly mag where local scenesters normally find the bleeding edge, painfully hip, bars, restaurants, clubs and other hot spots in the city, weighs in with some parking ticket wisdom this past issue.

In their weekly column, “Around Town–What’s up with that?” some dude named Matt wants to know if it’s legit when a parking violation is received by mail, but never received the original ticket on his car. “Can police just send tickets in the mail without warning?,” asks Matt.

Regular readers to The Expired Meter know the answer and that is…of course they can. That’s why the city sends out violation notices after the initial ticket.

The magazine, talks to police spokesperson Anne Dwyer, who explains that sometimes tickets will blow off in the wind, and that’ why the city also sends a violation notice in the mail.

Parkzing.com Helps Drivers Stay On Top Of Tickets

New, Free Service Alerts Drivers Of Their Parking Tickets

By Diana Novak

In our go-go busy lives, sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of everything.

Especially when it comes to our parking tickets.

But not anymore. A new service called Parkzing.com keeps subscribers to their free service up to date on their parking tickets via e-mail alerts. And, if you like, Parkzing, for a small fee, will even pay your tickets on time before the violation cost doubles.

Windy Citizen, Geek Teamup For A Week

Come join the Parking Ticket Geek over at Windy Citizen for a week of fun and parking ticket advice.

The Geek is flabbergasted and sincerely honored the friendly folks at WC, one of Chicago’s premier reader directed news websites, has asked the intellectually challenged Geek to answer parking ticket questions this week.

Readers are encouraged to submit their questions and the Geek will choose to answer one or two of the most unique questions every day.

DOR Director Reyna-Hickey Gives Us The Lowdown On Parking Ticket Payment Options

Department of Revenue Director Bea Reyna-Hickey, takes a moment to inform scofflaws on the many ways they can pay their parking and red light camera tickets from the City of Chicago, as well as sharing some good advice.

Snow Covered Cars Are Targets For Tickets

It’s been a week since the big snowstorm.

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 will find a choice spot on their street and just leave it 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.

One of our favorite contributors and Parking Enforcement Aide for the city, DoR Employee says he’s heard unconfirmed rumors of city ticket writing detail especially assigned to enforcing this violation, with over 150 of this ticket being written just after the snowstorm before last.

“Heard through the grapevine that the new Squad is hunting for vehicles that haven’t moved within 7 days , so keep the snow from building up on your vehicles,” says DoR Employee.

So don your long underwear and snowsuit and get shoveling. Hopefully, the fear of a $75 ticket and a potential tow (another $160) will be enough inspiration for you.

Ticket Trap Game Teaches Drivers How To Avoid Parking Tickets

Can I park here?

That’s the question that confounded John Staniszewski for many years when he was living in his native Brooklyn.

It was his frustration with confusing parking signs which led to Staniszewski’s car being ticketed many, many times over the years.

“No matter where I parked in Brooklyn there was a different regulation and I would be getting tickets all the time,” said Staniszewski who goes by the handle Parking Ticket Terminator. “There was nothing out there to educate people with that and led me to think of different ways to help with that.”

Eventually, it was those maddeningly annoying signs and costly tickets that was the motivation behind Ticket Trap–Staniszewski’s online parking ticket game.

“It’s meant to give people an experience of what’s out there and take the edge of the parking (experience), said Staniszewski explaining why he decided to create Ticket Trap. “It helps get your eyes used to the seeing the details of seeing different signs and build awareness of how to park legally.”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Staniszewski an elementary school music teacher for 20 some years, now living on Staten Island, used his background in education to use, designing the game as an “question and answer game about educating and building awareness of many of the problems motorists face parking their vehicles everyday.”

Ticket Trap allows players to pick their player avatar and a vehicle to roam to and fro over the entire five burroughs of New York and challenge their parking violation knowledge. Gamers can play in both English and Spanish.

If you opt to play the game in a traditional linear way, you begin your trek on Staten Island level one, progressing next to Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and finally, Manhattan, the most difficult level.

Along the way, you make stops to park and are challenged in the form of a parking ticket and an image of a NYC parking sign, a scenario and then a list of multiple choice answers. Choose the right answer and you collect the amount of the fine, or if you are wrong, you lose whatever the fine amount is.

Staniszewski came up with the Ticket Trap game concept over seven years ago and began using one set of internet gaming developers in India. When the first developer disappeared with all the programming code for a half-finished version of the game, Staniszewski had to start the process over again from scratch.

“It was years in the making,” said Staniszewski. “I lost a lot of sleep over it.”

But Staniszewski’s persistence paid off when he debuted the game this past summer.

Traffic is up at his game website and he plans on releasing a CD version of the game soon. In addition, he’s been working on a parking sign matching game to further educate drivers on how to be more savvy when reading signs when trying to park.

While the self-named Parking Ticket Terminator says his experience in parking in New York has reduced the amount of parking tickets he receives, he sheepishly admits he still gets a ticket once in a while.

“I’m pretty good, but I’m always learning something new,” said Staniszewski. “I was getting several a year still when I was living in Brooklyn. Even today parking in the city is challenging.”

Ultimately Staniszewski is hopeful that Ticket Trap will educate drivers to be more aware, careful and and eliminate them getting parking tickets.

You can play Ticket Trap online at parkingticketgame.com.

Geek 2, City 0 At Parking Ticket Hearing


The Parking Ticket Geek went two for two yesterday when he went up against the City of Chicago to contest a pair of parking tickets at the Addison St. hearing facility.

One was for parking in an alley.

The problem for the PEA was that I was actually making a delivery and dropping off some boxes to a customer. I guess the boxes in the car and the blinking flashsers was not enough of a tip off for the PEA to walk on by.

But the municipal code allows for the expeditious loading or unloading of passengers or goods, so it’s a very solid defense if you can prove it or give believable testimony.  So if you’re parked in an alley dropping off groceries, or picking someone up, or unloading furniture or whatever…that’s a defense against this violation.

The other problem for the PEA was the street was written incorrectly. I used my photos combined with the Dept. of Revenue photos to prove exactly where I was parked and it was certainly not on the street indicated which was several blocks away.

I would advise ticket writers to check the street sign, but I prefer they keep on making all the mistakes they do. So keep up the great work PEAs!

The lesson here is to check all the facts alleged on the ticket. If something is grossly incorrect, it’s a basis for dismissal.

I tried to make the argument that the ticket writer also forgot to indicate which section of the code the ticket was for. There’s an A and B subsection, yet no subsection was listed. For whatever reason, this particular hearing officer didn’t understand the law, or chose to ignore the law on this and didn’t buy my argument.

The hearing officer tried to say the photos demonstrated which subsection of the code the ticket was written for. But, since there’s no mention of photos in the muni code and the law states explicitly the subsection must be listed for the ticket to be valid, the hearing officer was wrong.

It didn’t matter though.

Ticket dismissed.

The second one was for a meter violation. The problem was, when my wife placed the receipt on the dashboard, the wind pushed it so far down between the dash and the windshield, you could barely see it. So the PEA missed it too.

But luckily we had the receipt to prove we had paid for our time and were not in violation. But it was a big pain in the ass retrieving the damn thing. It took me a good twenty minutes and a super long tweezers I had to buy in order to finally extract it so I could use it as evidence.

My explanation and the receipt was good enough to have ticket number two dismissed as well.

Not a bad day.