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    Default Illinois parking ticket question: standing vs parking?

    Strange experience today:
    I was with my son at a birthday party held at an enormous
    sport-fitness complex out in the suburbs. It had just started to snow
    when my wife came to pick us up at the agreed upon time of 2:30. The
    parking lot was full near the entrance except for about 20 handicapped
    spots flanking the main entrance atrium. My wife pulled into one of
    the handicapped spots that were further away from the actual entrance,
    so that any handicapped patrons would not only have many spots to
    choose from, but many spots that were closer to the entrance than she
    was. My wife didn't want to leave the car or take out our 3 year-old
    daughter who was sleeping in her car seat at the time, so she left the
    motor running as she waited for me any my son.

    So I was surprised to hear her in tears when I called her up to find
    out where she was at 2:35 when my son and I were at the front entrance
    and couldn't see her. She was upset because just as I had called her,
    a police car blocked her in her spot and a policewoman had come to her
    window and handed her a $100 ticket. No warning. No discussion. No
    nothing. Just roll down your window, here's your ticket for
    parking(sic) in a handicapped spot.

    When I got to the car, the policewoman had only moved down another 25
    yards or so to her next victim. I got out of the car, and told her,
    "My wife was NOT parked, she was STANDING, with the motor running and
    the vehicle occupied!" The policewoman simply gave me the old, "Tell
    it to the judge. My badge number is ..." line. I assured her I would,
    and got back into the car.

    Of note, the parking spot in question had a sign posted of the
    wheelchair logo, with the words, "Reserved Parking" beneath. No
    comments on standing.

    In Illinois, do we have a legitimate gripe with this ticket? I had
    always thought that "standing" meant, "car running and occupied", and
    was distinctly different from parking (hence the presence of signs
    which specifically say, "No Parking, No Standing."

    Thanks for any advice!

    -RIK


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    Default Illinois parking ticket question: standing vs parking?

    In article <sde7105ln9tmsc52plmau3tvh8vu6ppmtf@4ax.com>,
    Russ Khater <rkhater@hotmail.com> wrote:
    Strange experience today:I was with my son at a birthday party held at an enormoussport-fitness complex out in the suburbs. It had just started to snowwhen my wife came to pick us up at the agreed upon time of 2:30. Theparking lot was full near the entrance except for about 20 handicappedspots flanking the main entrance atrium. My wife pulled into one ofthe handicapped spots that were further away from the actual entrance,so that any handicapped patrons would not only have many spots tochoose from, but many spots that were closer to the entrance than shewas. My wife didn't want to leave the car or take out our 3 year-olddaughter who was sleeping in her car seat at the time, so she left themotor running as she waited for me any my son.[and got parking ticket]In Illinois, do we have a legitimate gripe with this ticket? I hadalways thought that "standing" meant, "car running and occupied", andwas distinctly different from parking (hence the presence of signswhich specifically say, "No Parking, No Standing."
    See <http://www.legis.state.il.us/legislation/ilcs/ilcs2.asp?ChapterID=49>
    for the state vehicle code.

    625 ILCS 5/11-1301.3 prohibits unauthorized "parking" in a handicap
    space so the no parking sign correctly states the law.

    625 ILCS 5/1-155.5 defines parking to mean "the standing of a vehicle,
    whether occupied or not, otherwise than when temporarily and actually
    engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers."

    So the answer is maybe, depending on whether the judge thinks
    waiting five minutes to pick somebody up counts as temporary
    and loading.

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    Default Illinois parking ticket question: standing vs parking?

    On Sun, 25 Jan 2004 07:45:56 -0500, Russ Khater <rkhater@hotmail.com> wrote:
    Strange experience today: I was with my son at a birthday party held at an enormous sport-fitness complex out in the suburbs. It had just started to snow when my wife came to pick us up at the agreed upon time of 2:30. The parking lot was full near the entrance except for about 20 handicapped spots flanking the main entrance atrium. My wife pulled into one of the handicapped spots that were further away from the actual entrance, so that any handicapped patrons would not only have many spots to choose from, but many spots that were closer to the entrance than she was. My wife didn't want to leave the car or take out our 3 year-old daughter who was sleeping in her car seat at the time, so she left the motor running as she waited for me any my son.
    Look up the statute and see if there is a distinction made between
    the parking and standing. If there is not a distinction, I don't think
    the lack of a "No standing" wording on the sign will be helpful.

    Isaac


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    Default Illinois parking ticket question: standing vs parking?

    rkhater@hotmail.com (Russ Khater) wrote in message
    news:<sde7105ln9tmsc52plmau3tvh8vu6ppmtf@4ax.com>. ..
    Strange experience today: I was with my son at a birthday party held at an enormous sport-fitness complex out in the suburbs. It had just started to snow when my wife came to pick us up at the agreed upon time of 2:30. The parking lot was full near the entrance except for about 20 handicapped spots flanking the main entrance atrium. My wife pulled into one of the handicapped spots that were further away from the actual entrance, so that any handicapped patrons would not only have many spots to choose from, but many spots that were closer to the entrance than she was. My wife didn't want to leave the car or take out our 3 year-old daughter who was sleeping in her car seat at the time, so she left the motor running as she waited for me any my son.
    In hindsight, wasn't there a "loading zone" in front of the building,
    where she could stand with the motor running until you came out? Even
    if it was marked "no parking" IMO she'd have a better argument pulling
    up parallel to the curb there, than actually heading into a marked
    handicap spot. Or else she could have circled the lot until seeing
    you at the entrance. Sorry, I think she made an unwise choice and
    got caught. It doesn't matter how many handicap spots were open,
    closer to the door than where she parked. It doesn't matter if the
    motor is running, if she was occupying the spot; what difference would
    that make to a handicap user who also wanted to use that space? It
    won't hurt to tell your story to the judge -- he may be sympathetic,
    under the circumstances -- but don't count on it. And if your time
    to take off and go to court is worth more than the $100 ticket, which
    BTW probably _doesn't_ count as a moving violation or affect your
    insurance or anything like that, just swallow the lesson, pay the
    ticket, and don't do it again. Whatever you decide to do, good luck.

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    Default Illinois parking ticket question: standing vs parking?

    On Sun, 25 Jan 2004 07:45:56 -0500 Russ Khater <rkhater@hotmail.com> whittled
    these words:
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    When I got to the car, the policewoman had only moved down another 25 yards or so to her next victim. I got out of the car, and told her, "My wife was NOT parked, she was STANDING, with the motor running and the vehicle occupied!" The policewoman simply gave me the old, "Tell it to the judge. My badge number is ..." line. I assured her I would, and got back into the car.
    Of note, the parking spot in question had a sign posted of the wheelchair logo, with the words, "Reserved Parking" beneath. No comments on standing.
    In Illinois, do we have a legitimate gripe with this ticket? I had always thought that "standing" meant, "car running and occupied", and was distinctly different from parking (hence the presence of signs which specifically say, "No Parking, No Standing."
    This is from the Village of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
    http://www.winthropharbor.com/ordina...itle7_ch70.asp

    "PARK or PARKING. The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not,
    otherwise than when temporarily and actually engaged in loading or
    unloading merchandise or passengers. (ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5 1-156)

    also see
    www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/
    2001/1stDistrict/August/Wp/1994087.doc

    "Illinois Vehicle Code (upon which the jury was instructed) defines "park"
    or "parking" as "the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not,
    otherwise than when temporarily and actually engaged in loading or
    unloading merchandise or passengers." (Emphasis added.) 625 ILCS 5/1-156
    (West 1998) (form-erly Ill. Red. Stat. 1991, ch. 95, par. 1-156). "

    http://paperlined.org/illinois/ilcs/...25act5Sub1.htm

    Diane Blackman


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    Default Illinois parking ticket question: standing vs parking?

    rkhater@hotmail.com (Russ Khater) wrote in message
    news:<sde7105ln9tmsc52plmau3tvh8vu6ppmtf@4ax.com>. ..
    .... My wife pulled into one of the handicapped spots that were further away from the actual entrance, so that any handicapped patrons would not only have many spots to choose from, but many spots that were closer to the entrance than she was..... In Illinois, do we have a legitimate gripe with this ticket?
    Looks like you're SOL. Illinois defines "parking" in its Vehicle Code
    (625 ILCS 5) at "Sec. 1‑156. Park or Parking. Means the standing
    of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than when temporarily
    and actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or
    passengers." So waiting, even with the car occupied and the engine
    running, is "parking". And parking in places reserved for the disabled
    is covered at "Sec. 11‑1301.3. Unauthorized use of parking
    places reserved for persons with disabilities. (a) It shall be
    prohibited to park any motor vehicle which is not properly displaying
    registration plates or decals issued to a person with
    disabilities...." (The statewide fine appears to be $100;
    municipalities are authorized to impose greater fines, up to $200.)

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    Default Illinois parking ticket question: standing vs parking?

    Michael Jacobs wrote:
    In hindsight, wasn't there a "loading zone" in front of the building, where she could stand with the motor running until you came out? Even if it was marked "no parking" IMO she'd have a better argument pulling up parallel to the curb there, than actually heading into a marked handicap spot. Or else she could have circled the lot until seeing you at the entrance. Sorry, I think she made an unwise choice and got caught.
    I assume "unwise" is in the legal sense, rather than the practical.
    It makes perfect sense to me to get the car a bit out of the way, so
    that people with their doors open, one foot on the sidewalk and one
    foot in the car, can use the loading zone, and those with someplace
    to go can use the aisles of the lot.
    It doesn't matter how many handicap spots were open, closer to the door than where she parked. It doesn't matter if the motor is running, if she was occupying the spot; what difference would that make to a handicap user who also wanted to use that space?
    Because that handicapped user has a perfectly good, slightly
    closer, space to use? Does Space #7 hold some special significance
    to him, like it's his lucky space or something? Even if it does, original
    poster is there, alert, and can move her car someplace else.

    Some jurisdictions distinguish parking, standing, and stopping.
    Stopping is passengers only -- and it's not clear if that includes
    waiting for the passenger to pay the cabbie the fare, or for your
    grandmother, waiting in the vestibule, to see you've pulled out front
    and hobble across the sidewalk, since neitehr is "actually loading
    or unloading passengers". Standing is for merchandise or goods --
    and presumably you're allowed to leave your truck there while you
    carry the 2-wheeler of stuff between the truck and the store.

    If your chauffeur is waiting the three hours for the opera to be
    over, that's probably parking. But in this case, where driver and
    passenger are attempting a rendezvous (as opposed to a tryst, which
    would be parking) it strikes me as within the meaning of stopping.

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    mjacobslaw@comcast.net (Michael Jacobs) wrote:
    It doesn't matter if the motor is running, if she was occupying the spot; what difference would that make to a handicap user who also wanted to use that space?
    The difference is she would see the handicapped person (or if she
    didn't, the person could give a short honk), and she would then move
    the car. The reason we need strict regulations for handicapped
    parking, as opposed to handicapped bathrooms, ramps, or elevators, is
    that once you leave there's no way for a handicapped person to ask you
    to move your car.

    It's because of horror stories like this one that I will park almost
    anywhere before I park in a handicapped space, even if it means
    leaving my car unattended while blocking someone in.

    -Apr


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    Default Illinois parking ticket question: standing vs parking? - almost 6 years now??

    Strange experience yesterday: I cannot believe how similar it is to Russ' story below. I will bet it the Illinois suburb location is exactly the same.

    I was traveling with my 11 y/o daughter and 3 y/o son, on my way to an "enormous sport-fitness complex out in the suburbs" to pick up my 9 y/o daughter just finishing a birthday party aroud 2:55pm. My 3 y/o son was sleeping in the car, so my plan was to have my 11 y/o daughter to run into the complex and get my 9 y/o daughter while I stayed with my sleeping son. I saw about 20 unoccupied ADA stalls in front of the building, also a fire lane, but no "passenger loading / unloading zones", so I chose to pull into an unoccupied ADA parking stall about 6 stalls from the front, leaving vacant stalls between me and the main entrance. My thought was this was the safest place for my daughter to exit the vehicle and I had visual control of her walking up to the entrance of the complex, and I was not obstructing traffic. No more than 10 seconds after I pulled in, a male police officer approached me and asked me if I had an ADA placard, (I had not even put the car into park yet, I did not turn off the vehilce, my 11 y/o daughter didn't even exit the vehicle yet. Note...this was only 10 seconds at most!) I was taken off guard and of course I didn't have a ADA placard. The officer said "I would have much rather you pulled into the fire lane then to stop here", which to me, (a part-time fireman since 1996) made absolutely no sense when considering the safety of my children and traffic congestion. He didn't give me a chance to reply to his comment, he looked at my son napping in the back seat as he simply took my license and issued me a $250 ticket. When he returned to my vehilce to give me the ticket, I asked if this was an actual $250 ticket. His response, as he walked away and yelled over his shoulder was, "Yes, your here aren't you? I am not going to argue with you, you can go to court if you choose".

    The funny thing about this, is that in addition to being a part-time Fireman, my full-time profession is a licensed architect and I design ADA parking stalls into all of my buildings, in addition to other ADA compliant elements in every portion of the my new construction. I am sure we can all agree that child safety is at least equal to importance of physcally disabled.

    It is obvious that there is a flagerant problem at this sports complex at the corner of I-55 and County Line Rd. It appears the Police department has found a cash cow and we need to do something about this. In my humble opinion, the police are praying upon citizens who choose safety in a parking lot that has been poorly designed.

    I will be taking this one to court for the principle of the matter. I am sure anybody affiliated with ADA compliance wouild agree the police department is not adhereing to the spirit of the ADA guidelines.

    Is anyone aware of the maximum $$fine for 2009? Is it still $200

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    Wow!
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    This post has been brought back from the dead. 5 years, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ Khater View Post
    Strange experience today:
    I was with my son at a birthday party held at an enormous
    sport-fitness complex out in the suburbs. It had just started to snow
    when my wife came to pick us up at the agreed upon time of 2:30. The
    parking lot was full near the entrance except for about 20 handicapped
    spots flanking the main entrance atrium. My wife pulled into one of
    the handicapped spots that were further away from the actual entrance,
    so that any handicapped patrons would not only have many spots to
    choose from, but many spots that were closer to the entrance than she
    was. My wife didn't want to leave the car or take out our 3 year-old
    daughter who was sleeping in her car seat at the time, so she left the
    motor running as she waited for me any my son.

    So I was surprised to hear her in tears when I called her up to find
    out where she was at 2:35 when my son and I were at the front entrance
    and couldn't see her. She was upset because just as I had called her,
    a police car blocked her in her spot and a policewoman had come to her
    window and handed her a $100 ticket. No warning. No discussion. No
    nothing. Just roll down your window, here's your ticket for
    parking(sic) in a handicapped spot.

    When I got to the car, the policewoman had only moved down another 25
    yards or so to her next victim. I got out of the car, and told her,
    "My wife was NOT parked, she was STANDING, with the motor running and
    the vehicle occupied!" The policewoman simply gave me the old, "Tell
    it to the judge. My badge number is ..." line. I assured her I would,
    and got back into the car.

    Of note, the parking spot in question had a sign posted of the
    wheelchair logo, with the words, "Reserved Parking" beneath. No
    comments on standing.

    In Illinois, do we have a legitimate gripe with this ticket? I had
    always thought that "standing" meant, "car running and occupied", and
    was distinctly different from parking (hence the presence of signs
    which specifically say, "No Parking, No Standing."

    Thanks for any advice!

    -RIK
    I have no sympathy for people that illegally use the ADA spots regardless of where they are...on streets or in lots.

    In the City of Chicago, it is a 200.00 Fine and we will Tow you to City Impound Lots for an Extra 160.00 Tow Fee and 10.00 per day storage fee's.

    I would have pulled out my ticket book and written you myself.

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    This thread originated in 2004 and has been dead since 2009. The OP is long gone.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbg View Post
    This thread originated in 2004 and has been dead since 2009. The OP is long gone.

    A HTML Script for auto locking posts that are older than 365 days would be good.

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    I agree. But that's not my decision to make. So instead of arguing with me about how you think things ought to be done or how people ought to respond to you, I suggest you simply stop posting to dead threads.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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