As the City of Chicago's Winter Parking Ban takes effect, Alderman Roberto Maldonado will be urging his fellow Aldermen in the Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety to pass a proposed ordinance so that motorists will first receive a warning citation before getting towed. This is now the second year in a row the Alderman has proposed revising the winter parking ban.
Maldonado explained, "I'm calling for a warning notice for first time violators of the overnight parking ban. The City should be cutting drivers a bit of slack."
Arterial streets like North Avenue and Kedzie Boulevard are important spots for overnight parking in the 26th Ward--but they can't be used from Dec. 1st to April 1st. Many motorists forget this. They face tickets; worse their car is towed.
According to DNAInfo's Heather Cherone, "the city bans parking on 107 miles of arterial streets from 3 to 7 a.m. daily. The ban is a precautionary measure in case the city needs to plow the streets after a snowfall, but it remains in effect even if it doesn't snow. Drivers who ignore — or forget about — the ban will get socked with a $60 parking ticket, a $150 tow fee and $20 per day in storage fees."
Maldonado continued, "Last December, I submitted an amendment to the Winter Parking Ban which requires city ticketing agents to issue a warning for a first violation. This will require some effort on City departments to ensure compliance. But it's worth the effort."