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

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, May 15th, 2015

IDOT 6-year highway plan notes rapid deterioration of the system (Chicago Tribune)

Active Transportation Alliance moans about bikers paying taxes for roads; conveniently forgets that drivers and others pay taxes for spending on bike lanes/bike infrastructure used by 1% of Chicago commuters (Active Transportation Alliance)

Metropolitan Planning Council holds panel discussion on transportation funding in Illinois (Chicago Streetsblog)

Garfield Park speed cam issues $2.1 million in fines (DNA Chicago)

Driver Outraged Auto Pound Uses Forklifts To Move Vehicles

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One place drivers should avoid is any of Chicago’s auto pounds.

With 8000 vehicles contained within the fences of a handful of lots around the city, sometimes the pounds get over crowded. When this happens city workers will sometimes use forklifts to move cars around.

One woman was so shocked and outraged when she saw her impounded car being moved via forklift at an auto pound, she complained to Fox News Chicago.

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, May 14th, 2015

5 reasons Chicago is in worse shape than Detroit (Bloomberg)

Illinois appellate court intervenes to uphold short yellow light ticket (thenewspaper.com)

Pace Arterial Bus Rapid Transit coming to Milwaukee Ave., without traffic clogging road diet (Active Transportation Alliance); Is this concept a better alternative to CTA’s Ashland BRT nightmare?

Illinois Tollway Director will stay put (Chicago Tribune)

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Neighbors say Giant Twister Mat street project at Wellington, Southport and Lincoln is a traffic fustercluck (DNA Chicago)

Streetsblog kvetches over parking and big box stores proposed at Fullerton, Damen, Elston intersection (Chicago Streetsblog)

Beverly Hipster wants more road diets for Ashland Avenue and other South Side thoroughfares (Main Street Beverly)

Wisconsin gets 70 mph speed limit this summer (Chicago Tribune)

Teen Involved In City Sticker Design Controversy Arrested For Auto Theft

Herbert Pulgar and his controversial city sticker artwork back in 2012.

Herbert Pulgar and his controversial city sticker artwork back in 2012.

An arrest for auto theft has slowed Herbert Pulgar’s slide into obscurity.

Pulgar, if one recalls, was the 15-year old kid at the heart of a controversy over his winning design in the annual city sticker design contest back in 2012.

Unfortunately, his artwork seemed to contain gang symbols or icons which could be confused with gang symbols, which prompted City Clerk Mendoza, after a few days of investigation, to tearfully rescind the offer to place Pulgar’s artwork on the 2012/2013 city sticker.

Initially, the artwork of the runner up was to be the next year’s sticker, but the artist declined citing the controversy. Ultimately, a more generic artwork, designed in house, was chosen for the 2012/2013 city sticker.

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Opinion: Bill in General Assembly, which would require all Illinois? ?state fleet cars to be made in U.S. or Canada, is a bad idea (Illinois New Network)

Rahm has no comment, on charges that City targets minority neighborhood for DUI crackdowns (Chicago Tribune); Tribune editorial calls for answers (Chicago Tribune)

Work on Damen, Fullerton, Elston intersection to begin in June (DNA Chicago)

Parking an issue for new Lakeview Whole Foods location (Chicago Sun Times)

Is There Any Difference Between Branded Vs. Generic Gas?

Is there any difference between name brand gasoline and generic or unbranded fuels?

GasBuddy’s Patrick DeHaan says…not really.

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday May 11th, 2015

Illinois State Police get approval to use drones, to photograph crash and crime scenes (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago student wins prize for creating distracted driving video (DNA Chicago)

CDOT looking to improve stretch of S. State Street (DNA Chicago)

$150,000 in jewelry stolen from car on N. Side (Chicago Tribune)

Gas station worker attacked by mob in Gary (Chicago Tribune)

Should Drivers Always Stop After Hitting A Pedestrian? Maybe Not

Stop, give aid, call the police, remain at the scene.

That’s what drivers are supposed to do if they ever have the misfortune of striking a pedestrian with their vehicle.

In fact, it’s technically illegal to leave the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian.

But, stopping and remaining at the scene may not be the right decision in all cases–at least according to police officials.

Take a recent tragic incident in Milwaukee.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday May 8th, 2015

Don’t look for Rahm to surrender a penny of traffic cam revenue, now that the Illinois Supreme Court has held pension benefits untouchable (Chicago Tribune)

Parks and schools, used as pretext for speed cameras, are often hard to find (DNA Chicago)

4 in custody, in murder of Merillville man by car burglars (CBS 2 Chicago)

Active Transportation Alliance only tells half the truth about dangerous habits on the road (beeezodogsplace.com)