Tag Archives: parking tickets
They’re really moving fast in the parking meter rate transition, converting meter pay boxes to the newer, higher rates.
From multiple reports and sources, it seems many, if not most of the pay boxes in the outlying neighborhoods are sporting the new $1.50 per hour rates. LAZ crews had all the downtown meters, the ones gulping down $5 an hour in quarters, changed over in just one day so commuters coming back to work Monday, January 3rd could pay the higher rates.
Boston Meter Rates Bump Up A Quarter
Chicago drivers are not the only motorists in the nation facing parking meter increases.
Across the country, a few other large cities are raising their rates.
Boston, for the first time since the mid-’80s are bumping up their rates from $1 per hour to $1.25, according to the Boston Herald. The cash-strapped city is hoping to raise an additional $3 million from the increase.
Some New Yorkers Get A Rate Reprieve
Just One Instance Of Overzealous Ticket Writing In Brew City
Back in July, for example, Milwaukee got hit with a massive thunderstorm that dumped many inches of rain, and causing tremendous flooding which forced some drivers to abandon their cars on streets with quickly rising flood waters.
In fact, the flooding was so severe, in one part of Milwaukee, a sinkhole swallowed an SUV, making national headlines.
Well, despite the emergency weather situation that night, parking checkers, as they are called in Brew City, issued over 2000 tickets to these “abandoned” vehicles.
But now, at least one town thinks they have a unique solution to calm irate, just ticketed motorists–drawings of yoga poses on parking ticket envelopes.
Hilariously, inexplicably, and possibly embarrassingly the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has recently rolled out new parking ticket envelopes with these allegedly “calming” graphics.
Writing parking tickets can be a stressful job.
Would anyone even volunteer for such a job?
The first pitch is at 7:05 PM, but parking restrictions start at 5 PM.
Of course, if you are parked on the street in the Wrigleyville/Lakeview neighborhood and don’t have the proper residential parking permit or guest pass you will be ticketed ($60) and could be towed ($120.00).
A memory lapse on game night could be an expensive mistake.
Yesterday, I received a ticket for parking during rush hour on a street where parking is not allowed from 4-6pm.
Clearly my fault.
However, the officer who issued the ticket forgot to mark which state my license plate was from, which is Wisconsin.
Can I use this mistake to get out of the ticket? Please let me know if there is any hope for me.
You totally dodged a bullet on this one…
Tuesday and Wednesday are both night games.
Remember, Cubs night game parking restrictions kick in at 5 PM.
The game starts at 7:05.
Cops, parking enforcement aides, tow trucks, etc., will be ready to ruin your night if you decide to ignore the well posted restrictions in Lakeview/Wrigleyville.
Mysterious “Unticketable” Car Is Actually Parking Legally
There’s been somewhat of a minor local internet scuttlebutt surrounding a post on the HillBuzz blog.
The amateur sleuths at HillBuzz have been diligently tracking what they term “Boystown Mystery: The Case Of The Unticketable Car,” for the past few days.
Essentially, the website has been following what they feel is an illegally parked car that never, ever, ever gets tickets.
The Second City Cop blog picked up their post, and then things got really hot.
Lots of speculation regarding clouted city big wigs who were above the law and the alleged existence of a “DO NOT WRITE” category which prevented certain vehicles from being ticketed.
Even this website was (for obvious reasons) titillated by the story.
However, after viewing additional photos of the alleged illegal parking spot, provided in an update on the HillBuzz blog, and personally inspecting the spot in question, it doesn’t look like the BMW in question is illegally parked.
Both games get started at 7:05 PM.
But drivers without proper passes, stickers or private parking should get the heck out of Wrigleyville no later than 5 PM.
Well, unless you like being ticketed and towed to the auto pound, which is always a hilarious time.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the concept is working very well in many northwest suburbs.
While Chicago has no imminent plans for a parking ticket amnesty in the city proper, Elk Grove Village, Arlington Heights, Crystal Lake, Palatine and Schaumburg have all used amnesty programs to recover substantial amounts of lingering ticket revenue.
Of course, in all cases, it didn’t result in the recovery of all outstanding ticket debt, but seemingly resulted in much needed infusions of money into these cash strapped towns.