Tinley Park Police Crackdown on Parents Picking Kids up From School
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#1 Feb 26, 2013
I got one of those 'robo calls' from the school today in Tinley Park.
It turns out the First Midwest Bank on 167th and 80th Avenue was robbed.
The school was placed on a 'soft lockdown' and it was snowing so I decided to pick my daughter up from school.
It seems like every other parent did too.
When I arrived I saw a bunch of police cars on the street... I thought maybe to 'protect the children' because of the bank robbery only a block away that day.
While I was waiting behind a long row of cars Officer Porcaro knocked on my window and handed me a ticket saying that I was 'parked in front of a fire hydrant.'
He said they were giving them to anyone who stopped in front of a fire hydrant.
I told him that my car wasn't parked and I pointed out that it was still in drive and I was in it.
He was polite and professional and handed me the ticket.
I told him that I would contest it and he was nice enough to tell me how to do that.
On the ticket I was charged with "Ordinance Violation No. 74.200" and the box that says "Ordinance Description says "Parking in a firelane.'
I took a few pictures and I went home and jumped on the computer and looked up the "Code of Ordinances" on the official village website at tinleypark dot org by clicking on "Code of Ordinances" on the upper left... then clicking on (12)VII Traffic Code... which I then expanded by hitting the "+" icon to open up Chapter 74.
I had been charged with violating Ordinance Number 74.200 which oddly enough in the village code seems only to pertain to "Private Parking Lots in Certain Shopping Centers."
I was waiting in line with all of the other parents on 169th Street which is a public road.
The ticket is a municipal ordinance violation which means I pay it or contest it by requesting a hearing which I presume will be at the police department.
It's only a twenty five dollar fine but I don't like what the village is doing here.
I want to contest the ticket.
1. I was waiting behind a line of cars to pick my child up from school.
2. My car was running, with me in it and the transmission was in "drive" which I noted to Officer Porcaro. When the car in front of me moved up I would have moved up too.
3. It would seem that the Ordinance that I was charged with violating is not applicable to the offense that I was charged with.
I'm a "law and order" kind of guy... and parking in front of a fire hydrant isn't something that I would do... but this seems a little off the mark... and they were giving out lots of tickets there today.
Has anyone else been given one of these tickets and did you fight it?
I just had to call BS on this one.
#4 Feb 26, 2013
I checked it out and the ordinance "74.200 FIRE LANES AND NO PARKING ZONES ESTABLISHED IN CERTAIN PRIVATE PARKING LOTS" would not apply to a vehicle on a public street.
#5 Feb 27, 2013
I know that the traffic at the schools is really crazy because it seems like every kid is getting driven to and from school and it's got to cause problems for the people who live near them.
My kid usually walks but with the lockdown at the school that day and the bank robbery on the corner, and the fact that the bank robber wasn't caught made me think I should pick the kid up.
I think the PD should post someone to direct traffic there instead of writing tickets to everyone that they can.
The place was a madhouse.
I'll send the ticket in and request a hearing.
#6 Mar 22, 2013
Why should the police spend time telling parents what they should already know???
"My car was running, with me in it and the transmission was in "drive" which I noted to Officer Porcaro. When the car in front of me moved up I would have moved up too."
The police can't fix stupid.
#7 Mar 23, 2013
And this topic head line is wrong and miss leading. They aren't stopping or "cracking down" on people picking up their kids. Their taking care of parking violations. Because people think they can park where ever the heck they want which causes it to get crazy around the schools.
#8 Apr 6, 2014
I live on 80th ave between 171st and 167th, in tinley park, il (condo)..and parking anywhere seems to be a real hassle. My family has had this condo for around 30 years, and I seem to never have anywhere to park. Now mind u, we have three cars, but if u own the condo, u should be able to park on the grass if u wanted. Ive gotten tickets cause I parked on the street, in front of my condo mind u..ive been asked to move my car from a handful of people, who have nothing better else to do, then to make me move my car from a spot thats not technically even a parking spot, its a fucking trash spot. Ive gotten in to some real battles, but what it boils down to, is that people as a whole, are not willing to work together, and these people are selfish crudes who need a life. The police are a whole other story. They only hurt the people rather than helping, and that all boils down to money. Thats why officer duche bag gave u a ticket in front of fire hydrant, cause he knows most people would rather pay the fine, then to have to challenge the ticket and basically jump through hoops, and maybe owe more money. I hope officer duche either resigns cause hes embarrassed to still be on the force, or is fired for his unsatisfactory performance.
#9 Apr 6, 2014
Well parking in the street at night is against village code. And parking in front of a hydrant is illegal. Which it doesn't take a genius to figure out why. Because your family owns a condo doesn't mean you can park where ever the hell you want. People own houses and don't feel entitled. Get over yourself.
#10 Apr 6, 2014
Let's recap. You've been a resident at this condo for some time while the condo has been in your family for 30 years. If I recall correctly, the laws have been the same for about the same, if not longer. So you decide to possess 3 vehicles in your household while knowing the laws, whether it be your condo association rules or village ordinances. Since you've received tickets for violating these rules and laws, it's everybody else's fault but your own??? Oh I see, because you been a resident for some time, the laws no longer apply to you. You're an idiot, or in your own vocabulary, a douche bag!!
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