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Rogers Park Road Rage Incident Caught On Video

Road rage is usually no laughing matter, but the two Einsteins in this video inadvertently will add some levity to your Friday.

The incident, according to DNA Info, went on for over six minutes. The video condenses the time line to show the highlights.

At some point CPD shows up to sort things out.

Here’s DNA Info’s blow by blow coverage of the altercation, “Shocking Video Shows Road Rage Battle on Chicago Street.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

HeadlinesBy Otto Mobile

Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rash of car burglaries in Chinatown (Chicago Sun Times)

Capitol Hill parking FAIL (Chicago Sun Times)

From the Quinn files – a secret study showing that the Illiana tollway would be a bust (Crain’s Chicago Business)

More Loop Lane Closures To Start Friday Morning

Road Construction AheadMore downtown lane closures on Madison Street are set to begin early Friday morning according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

CDOT crews have had a section of Madison St. between State St. and Clark St. reduced to two lanes for a while as part of the Loop Link construction project.

But starting Friday, those closures will be extended from LaSalle St. to Wacker Drive to continue the project. While two lanes of closures will be in place during weekday daytime hours, CDOT says additional lanes may be closed overnights through out the duration of the project which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

Extra ExtraBy Otto Mobile

Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday March 25, 2015 

Police video shows secret service agent car hitting security barrier near White House (Chicago Sun Times)

Why cities have been ditching red light cameras (

Emanuel spent $10 million on Super Bowl blizzard cleanup (NBC 5 Chicago)

Drivers File New Red Light, Speed Camera Class Action Lawsuit

Gavel LawbookA trio of motorists filed another lawsuit challenging the legality of Chicago’s red light and speed camera programs and are seeking class action status, according to the Sun-Times.

This lawsuit takes the unique approach of claiming the City of Chicago is not following the law when it comes to the noticing aspect of the program.

The first problem, the lawsuit states, is that the make (the name of the car manufacturer) is being listed at OTHR on all speed camera violations that have been mailed to lead footed drivers. However, the municipal code explicitly requires a specific make must be listed in order for the violation to be considered proper.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

breaking_news1By Otto MobileYour transportation related headlines for Tuesday, March 24, 2015 

Bike injury lawyer urges that buses and trucks be banned from Milwaukee Avenue to make way for bikes – (

Rauner’s motorcade involved in weather related crash – (NBC 5 Chicago)

South Shore residents want to use former bank parking lot, after streets parking displaced by CTA Jeffrey Jump bus – (Chicago Sun Times)

HBO’s John Oliver Reports On Traffic Ticket Debt Abuse

Municipal violations like parking tickets, traffic tickets, red light and speed camera tickets, are regressive penalties.

Meaning, fines and fees associated with the violation disproportionately affect the poor more than others with financial means.

Most people, who have the money, will just pay their ticket.

However, some people living paycheck to paycheck, cannot.

But, as HBO’s John Oliver reports, municipalities are sometimes brutal in how they go after people who don’t or can’t pay their fines. In some situations the fees for non-payment can be hundreds if not thousands of dollars more than the original fine–further putting that person without means, in the hole.

In one case, a woman was imprisoned for not paying the fees associated with her ticket.

Check out the video above.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

Breaking News!Your transportation related headlines for March 23, 2015 

Supreme Court takes up issue of free speech and license plates (Bloomberg)

The groundhog was right — spring snow fouls up morning commute (Chicago Tribune)

Aaron Schock’s mileage controversy (Chicago Sun Times)

Car theft victim faces jail after shooting at thieves (Chicago Tribune)

Lawsuit in Iowa over traffic cameras (Chicago Tribune)

Redflex chief resigns in wake of company’s numerous troubles (

Chicago police want to keep their cell phone tracking under wraps (Chicago Sun Times)

43rd Ward candidates debate taxing bicycles (DNA Chicago)

New service offers cocktails delivered to your door (DNA Chicago)

Gang Activity Reason City Will Remove Parking Meters

Residents of a low income high rise in Uptown cite "gang activity" to get city to remove parking meters.

Residents of a low income high rise in Uptown cite “gang activity” to get city to remove parking meters. Photo credit: Mina Bloom/DNA Info.

A handful of metered parking spots on North Sheridan in causing an uproar in Uptown.

So much so, the public “outrage” has inspired City Hall and Ald. James Cappleman (46th) to agree to remove the meters according to DNA Info.

The  six metered spaces are in front of a low income high rise and were re-installed after about a year hiatus due to contstruction.  But according to residents, since they cannot afford to pay the meters, they’ve been forced to park their vehicles in non-metered areas. Unfortunately, those spots allegedly reside in a gang controlled area.

Geek Joins Outside The Loop Radio On Saturday Morning

alarmclockWho gets up at 6:30 AM on a Saturday?

Why, that dork the Parking Ticket Geek, of course. Normally the Geek wouldn’t be up quite that early on a weekend, but he’s getting up early to join his friends on Outside the Loop Radio on WGN AM 720.

They’ll be talking red light cameras, parking tickets and other driving related stuff starting at 6:30 AM.

Outside the Loop Radio, originally started as a podcast in 2006 and then found a home on community radio station WLUW 88.7 up until late 2014 when local powerhouse WGN Radio picked it up.

Don’t forget to set your alarm clock!

Tune in or stream WGN Radio 720 AM here.