It was crackdown day yesterday at Chicago’s City Hall, the Chicago Tribune reports, as aldermen voted to impose heavy penalties on parents of curfew violators, double fines for scofflaws who fail to buy city vehicle stickers and approve use of video cameras to nab motorists who run red lights.
Under a measure designed to put new teeth in the law, parents of youngsters 17 and under who violate curfew could be fined as much as $500 or sentenced to community service. Curfew is 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The estimated 100,000 motorists who fail to buy annual city vehicle stickers will face a fine of $120, up from $60.
The ordinance permitting tickets to be issued when cameras catch red-light violators had some opposition. Innocent motorists could be cited if a camera caught them in the middle of an intersection as they waited to make a left turn or allowed a funeral cortege to pass after the light has turned red, said one lawmaker. Up to 20 high-accident intersections will be equipped with cameras initially, but more could follow.