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Sometimes Chicago’s traffic signs can be confusing.
In some cases that confusion can lead to a parking ticket. That’s what happened to one driver who thought she was parked legally but ended up with a $100 ticket.
Fox Chicago News spotlighted the woman’s story as she thought she was safe to park in what seemed like a spot reserved for vehicles with handicapped plates or placards.
It turned out the sign was faded to the point that crucial restrictions were unreadable and rush hour parking restrictions were in force at the time.
Luxury electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has just announced ground breaking technology for it’s new model cars which actually helps owners avoid parking tickets.
Their new Ticket Avoidance Technology (TAT) detects when parking enforcement is sniffing around the vehicle and automatically triggers ticket prevention defenses to make sure Tesla vehicles never get ticketed.
Perhaps motorists who habitually rack up tons of parking violations annually might see the $70,000 price tag for a Tesla S model a great deal as long as they save money on tickets.
Read the signs.
That’s the best advice for all drivers when parking a car.
That’s because parking signs dictate where and when you can park a vehicle. If you follow the signs, you won’t be ticketed. At least that’s the theory.
But Joe Rubinas, who dutifully follows the residential parking permit signs on his street, has been ticketed twice by a ticket writer who seemingly doesn’t know how to read the signs.
First the Secretary of States stopped sending out renewal notices to Illinois drivers.
That’s because, due to the budget impasse in Springfield, the department couldn’t afford to pay the postage to mail out the reminders.
Unfortunately, this led many Chicago drivers to get ticketed for expired license stickers on their vehicles.
Now, the budget standoff between Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton has victimized drivers once again.
This temporary suspension of notices began in December, thus effecting vehicles with plate stickers that expire in March.
Luxe is an app that let’s drivers have a valet park your car, no matter where you may want to park.
The on-the-fly valet service is offering motorists what they are calling “parking ticket amnesty” by giving credits for their service to users who’ve recently been hit with an expensive parking ticket.
Parking tickets issued to drivers parked in bike lanes has steadily increased over the past five years according to a report from DNA Info Chicago.
Tickets for this violation has increased year over year for the past five.
2,473 of these tickets were issued in 2015, about 150 tickets more than 2014, but much higher than 2011 when only 1,115 were written.
Part of the increase may be attributed to an increase in the number of miles of bike lanes in the past five years. The city has added 106 miles of buffered or protected bike lanes since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011. Many of these newer bike lanes are in heavily congested parts of the city.
While bike lane violations are up, some bike riders believe drivers continue to park illegally in bike lanes and that the city needs to ramp up its enforcement.
Here’s DNA Info’s full story, “A Cyclist’s Revenge: City Cracking Down on Cars in Bike Lanes, Data Shows.“
Tens of thousands of Chicagoans came out of hiding to pay long-overdue tickets and city fines, adding $5.7 million to city coffers during the most recent amnesty program, according to the city’s Department of Finance.
Scofflaws with unpaid tickets and other debts took advantage of a six-week debt relief program, which temporarily returned all outstanding debt for tickets, business taxes and administrative fines to the original fine amount, minus late fees and collection costs. Those who took advantage during the Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 amnesty saw their debt go down by more than 50 percent in many cases.
Facing a huge budget deficit and with over $1.5 billion in uncollected parking, red light and speed camera tickets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed the amnesty during fall budget hearings.
Of the total collected amount, $5.3 million came from motorists paying old parking and red light camera tickets from before 2012. Another $340,000 came from unpaid administrative fines and about $14,000 from overdue business taxes, according to the finance department.
“The fact that over 90,000 parking and red light tickets got paid off — that’s a success,” said Department of Finance spokesperson Molly Poppe. “We’re happy with this number.”
Though the program ran for six weeks, about half the close to $6 million was collected during the last two weeks of the amnesty, she said.
Michael Palascak is a comedian is from Chicago.
So, he knows what he’s had some experience driving in Chicago.
He recently went on the Conan O’Brien Show to share some hilarious insight into dealing with Chicago parking tickets.
Chicago drivers have been hit with a spike in parking tickets for expired registrations since the Illinois Secretary of State stopped sending out mailers to remind them to renew their license plate stickers this past fall.
According to Chicago Department of Finance data, city ticket writers wrote 4,230 more tickets for expired registrations in November and December of 2015 compared to the same two months last year. Expired registration violations rose from a combined 70,857 for November and December in 2014 to a total of 75,087 for November and December in 2015 — a 6 percent increase.
With the violation carrying a fine of $60, the increase is turning into a mild windfall for the city, potentially adding $250,000 in revenue to the city’s books. The fine goes up by $20 for those who don’t renew within 30 days of a license plate expiring.
The story starts back in September when the Illinois Secretary of State stopped mailing renewal forms to vehicle owners. With Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly in a stalemate over the budget, Secretary of State officials say the agency could save $450,000 to $500,000. Officials said mailing license plates and titles took priority over sending the renewal notices, which cost $6 million a year.
“We don’t want to hurt anyone or have anyone get a ticket,” says Secretary of State spokesperson Dave Druker. “But the question was, which was more important? To get stickers, plates and titles out to people or reminders? It was a tough call, but if you look at what the priorities were it is a pretty basic decision.”
As Chicagoans count down the minutes to 2016, time is also expiring on the city’s ticket amnesty program.
The debt relief program, which started November 15th, is now in its final hours–ending at 11:59 PM on December 31st.
The city will double the fine of a ticket if the vehicle owner doesn’t pay in a timely manner, then tack on interest and collection fees as well.
The amnesty is a rare opportunity for scofflaws with unpaid parking and red light camera tickets from before 2012, to pay at the original amount. The city’s last amnesty was back in 2009.
But you can’t wait until the New Year, because at midnight January 1st, all the old late fees, and additional fines will be restored.
Scofflaws can check online to see if they have outstanding tickets and pay online as well.
What are you waiting for?