Friday, August 10, 2012
Chicago cops are writing fewer parking tickets
Chicago Police officers who have their hands full with rising homicides and other violent crime are on pace to write 15 percent fewer parking tickets in 2012, but revenues are up, thanks to dunning deadbeats, dramatically higher fines and a fundamental shift to outside ticket-writers.
Through July 31, police officers wrote 513,413 parking tickets, or 73,344-a-month, a rate that would translate into 880,128 tickets for the year if it continues. That’s down 15 percent from the 86,202-a-month and 1.034 million tickets written last year and a 20 percent drop from 2010.
“Chicago Police officers are overwhelmed with the response to 911 calls and policing other crimes,” said Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields.
“We have fewer officers on the street. That will ultimately lead to less enforcement of any crimes,” including illegal parking.
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