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City Council Bans Limos From Residential Street Parking

Limo

Chicago’s message to limousine owners?

Don’t park on our residential streets.

The Chicago City Council passed a law prohibiting limousines from parking on residential streets on Wednesday according to the Chicago Tribune.

Limos join the list of other vehicles banned from parking on most streets including taxis, trucks, buses, motor homes, vans, RVs (longer than 22 feet), and semis.

CBS 2 Catches Bikers, Drivers & Pedestrians Behaving Badly

Do some bicyclists think they own the road?

That’s the question CBS 2 News wanted to answer and spent eight hours over four days videotaping a downtown intersection to find out.

Election Day Parking Advice: Vote But Don’t Get Towed

Election Day No Parking SignToday is election day and the tow trucks are out.

Polls open at 6 AM and are open until 7 PM.

Get out and vote!

In most cases, your polling place should be within walking distance.

But remember, parking restrictions to accommodate the disabled will be in place around polling places. So if you have to drive, just be careful where you park.
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City tow trucks have been observed cruising near polling locations looking for scofflaws to hook up and tow away.

Parking Meter Vigilante Case Goes To NH Supreme Court


Those kooky kids from Keene, NH–they call themselves Robin Hooders–are in the news again.

And this time it involves a legal case which takes the issue of their parking meter vigilantism to the New Hampshire Supreme Court according to Fox News.

The Robin Hooders is a band of do-gooders who follow the town’s three parking attends around and plunk coins into expired meters to save drivers from being hit with outrageously expensive $5 parking tickets.

The enforcement staff doesn’t like the group’s antics and have claimed they’re being harassed while doing their jobs. In some cases, lawyers for the city claim, group members verbally attack the ticket writers saying things like “you should be ashamed of yourself” and the like.

IDOT Warns Drivers Of Stepped Up Halloween Weekend Enforcement

illinoisstatepoliceThe Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) are warning motorists of stepped up efforts by state and local law enforcement to catch impaired drivers this holiday weekend.

“Halloween is a fun holiday to celebrate, but poor decisions too often lead to real tragedy on Illinois roads,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren. “This Halloween, law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunk and unbuckled drivers to help keep the fun from turning into a deadly night.”

With traffic fatalities across the state down significantly compared to last year at this time, Halloween marks the start of a two month, end of the year effort to keep traffic deaths as low as possible.

IDOT says four of 19 motor vehicle related fatalities last year involved a driver who had consumed alcohol.

Drink responsibly, designate a driver and buckle up is the advice IDOT and the state police are giving motorists.

Winds, Waves Close Northbound Lake Shore Drive At Rush Hour

Winds, Waves Close Northbound Lake Shore Drive At Rush HourWind gusts of 60 mph pushed 20 foot waves onto the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive Friday afternoon forcing the city to reduce travel to a single lane and causing some severe rush hour traffic backups.

DNA Info reports at one point all four lanes were closed from Oak Street to North Avenue but conditions improved as the evening wore on.

“We are urging motorists to drive with caution and recommending they use an alternate route in the meantime,” said Melissa Stratton a spokesperson for the city Office of Emergency Management.

The problems on Lake Shore Drive, along with snow and sleet showers across the area, made Halloween’s rush hour even more horrific than normal Fridays.

Commuters experienced longer than normal travel times were the norm on most Chicago expressways.

A lake shore flood advisory is in place until 4 AM Saturday.

Trick Or Treat Safety Tips For Drivers & Pedestrians

jack-o-lanternHalloween may be the most dangerous night of the year for kids.

And not because of all the stomach aches that occur from consuming an overabundance of candy.

No, there are multiple studies that indicate more children are hit by vehicles on October 31st than any other 24 hour period of the year.

So, here are a few tips when you’re out driving on Halloween to make sure everyone gets home safe and sound Wednesday evening.

1-Slow Down

Protestors Shutdown Wicker Park Intersection Tuesday Night

 

A group of over 50 protestors shut down traffic at the very busyintersection of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenues Tuesday night according to DNA Info.

The protestors were marching in “solidarity” with protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer recently.

The chanting marchers blocked the intersection around 9 PM and then walked south on Milwaukee Avenue to Division and Ashland. The protest lasted about 30 minutes. Two protestors were arrested for obstruction of traffic after failing to obey police officers trying to clear the streets.

Many Questions But Few Answers At Red Light Camera Hearings

Ferguson & ScheinfeldTransportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld stuck with the script.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Committee for Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, despite many questions from city council members during special hearings on the city’s controversy generating red light cameras, aldermen never really got answers to many of their questions.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and Scheinfeld were invited by committee chairman Walter Burnett (27th) to testify Tuesday. Ferguson gave an oral summary of the Office of the Inspector General’s recent investigation on enforcement anomalies reported in the media. According to Ferguson, it was the first time in 25 years the Inspector General has been asked to testify at a city council committee hearing.

Scheinfeld’s opening statement was a history and defense of the city’s RLC program, as well as an answer to the findings and recommendations of the OIG.

The commissioner claimed, based on Illinois Department of Transportation crash data, crashes at red light camera intersections have decreased 43% and fatalities were down 23% between 2005 and 2012 or 225 fewer crashes per year at those intersections.

French Prankster Pokes Fun At Speed Cameras

Europe has a lot of speed cameras.

Where red light cameras are the most used type of automated camera enforcement method used in the U.S., speed cameras are the cams dujour in Europe.

And people don’t like them.

Some set fire to them. Others knock them down or use spray paint to obscure the camera lens.

But video prankster Remi Gaillard just mocks the cameras by dressing up in a big box that resembles a speed cam unit and setting off a flash when cars drive by.

And, to paraphrase Chicagoist who tipped us off to this video, it’s all fun and games until the cops show up.

Watch and laugh.