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The Parking Ticket Geek is teaching a class.
The West Loop’s Civics Lab invited the Geek to teach a class on fighting parking tickets we’re calling Parking Ticket 101.
It’s a slimmed down version of our Driver Survival Seminars with a focus purely on avoiding and contesting those pesky bright orange tickets from the city.
Parking Ticket 101 will give attendees an overview of parking enforcement in Chicago and educate attendees on how best to both avoid parking tickets and how best to handle receiving a ticket, including how to successfully contest improper or unfair ones.
Civics Lab is a co-working education and office space created to help teach Chicagoans about civic engagement, activism and how to better understand and interact with their government. It was founded by Tom Tresser and Ben Sugar last summer.
Tresser is that famous troublemaker who, among his many other accomplishments spearheaded No Games Chicago, the group which furiously lobbied against bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.
Seating is limited so reserve your spot right away. There is a nominal $10 fee that goes toward helping support Civics Lab in its great work.
EVENT: Parking Ticket 101/Driver Survival Seminar
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Civics Lab, 114 N. Aberdeen St. Chicago, IL 60607
SIGNUP: At Eventbrite
According to NBC 5′s Carol Marin, after a big bump in parking ticket issuance in 2013, this year is off to a bad start–and the so-called “polar vortex.” is to blame.
If you’re a driver who’s experienced vehicle damage from one of the hundreds of thousands of crater sized potholes on city streets and filed a claim with the city–be prepared to wait and wait…and wait.
And while crime did drop last year, the redeployment of officers from desk jobs to beat duty has had another possible outcome: more parking tickets.
After years of steady declines, the number of parking tickets issued in the city went up last year to 2.5 million, a 6 percent increase from 2012, data from the Chicago Department of Finance shows. It was the first time that the number of tickets issued actually increased from the previous year since 2008, when 2.75 million tickets were written.
While several different city agencies and private companies issued the tickets, the biggest jump last year was in the amount of tickets written by police officers, who penned more than 1 million of them in 2013. That’s nearly 170,0000, or nearly 20 percent, more than they wrote in 2012.
Police spokesman Adam Collins insisted police brass did not order officers to write up more parking scofflaws.
This malevolent sub-zero and snowy winter of 2014 has left most city streets pockmarked and bone shaking for drivers.
But the City of Chicago is fighting back by bringing in six seasonal work crews to assist the repair crews already trying to keep up with a never ending outbreak of axle breaking potholes.
The Chicago Department of Transportation made the announcement Saturday according to DNA Info.
And it’s because of all this snow that many motorists who don’t drive their car very often risk an expensive $75 ticket.
Chicago 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.”
It seems the snow is bringing out the worst in people–at least on one Northside street.
According to ABC 7, a mild brouhaha sputtered about the North Center neighborhood recently Some threatening signs were posted atop some junk one resident used to save the parking spot they had dug out after a snowstorm last week.
This practice of “dibs” is a Chicago tradition where drivers use junk or low cost items like chairs or buckets to “reserve” a space on the street after the motorist had dug a parking space out after a snowstorm.
One sign that alarmed residents said “I will break your windows if I see your car in this spot.”
Another eloquently chimed, “To the punk coward who is too weak to put my chairs back, I didn’t dig for you.”
This seemingly sent neighbors into a tizzy on a slow news day.
Here’s ABC 7′s full report, “Chicago parking ‘dibs’ takes ugly turn on North Center street.”
US District Court in Missouri grants preliminary injunction against town that tickets motorists for warning others of speed traps.
The flashing of a car’s headlights is a near universal warning that a police officer lurks nearby, eager to issue an expense expensive speeding citation. After the town of Ellisville, Missouri threatened $1000 fines to discourage the practice, US District Court Judge Henry E. Autrey stepped in Monday to remind the town that it is perfectly legal.
On November 17, 2012, an Ellisville police officer ticketed Michael J. Elli for using his headlights to warn about a radar trap that had been laid on Kiefer Creek Road. Elli was charged under a municipal ordinance that prohibits “flashing signals” on anything other than school buses and emergency vehicles.
Elli was told his purported crime carried a $1000 fine and points against his license because the offense was considered a moving violation. The charges were dropped after Elli entered a not guilty plea and took steps to fight the accusation. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took up Elli’s cause as a class action suit, alleging violations of the First and Fourth Amendments.
The snow is still falling.
And according to the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, the city’s full fleet of 287 snow plows are deployed and still clearing the inches of lake effect snow that continue to coat area roadways.
Streets and San says its plows are still clearing snow from main thoroughfares and have not begun clearing residential streets.
But Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Molly Poppe says this morning the city has deployed an additional 50 smaller four-wheel drive snow plows to clear streets around schools.
The boos, catcalls, jeers and raised voices of indignant Northwest Side residents filled the room at a community meeting Monday night.
According to DNA Info residents and business owners in the 45th Ward loudly complained about proposed changes to Milwaukee Avenue between Lawrence and Elston.
One proposal, which would eliminate a lane of traffic in each direction and add protected bike lanes got the most negative feedback according to the story, and forced Ald. John Arena (45th) to quiet the crowd.
CDOT officials say the elimination of traffic lanes will improve traffic flow and improve safety by reducing crashes.