Despite unseasonably mild temperatures, Chicago’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban will resume on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 3 a.m. The ban will be enforced along 107 miles of critical arterial streets from December 1, 2012 through April 1, 2013, between the hours of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m., regardless of snow.
Again, the ban begins at 3 a.m. this Saturday, which means when residents park their cars for the evening tonight, they will need to mindful of the streets in their community that will become restricted overnight.
Drivers who ignore the overnight ban prevent critical routes from being fully plowed and salted when it snows. During a heavy snowfall, a build-up of snow next to parked vehicles on these routes further reduces traffic flow.
Violators who ignore the ban face a $150 towing fee (minimum), a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $10 per day that increases over time. On December 1, 2011, 188 vehicles were towed for violating the overnight parking ban and approximately 459 violations were issued.
The City of Chicago reminds motorists to park in a safe, legal space this winter to help keep vital streets clear and safe.