Skip to comments.(Chicagoland) A Car Worth Only $600 Racked Up Over $100,000 In Parking Tickets
Posted on 11/26/2012 3:14:05 PM PST by DogByte6RER
The Astounding Story Of How A Car Worth $600 Racked Up Over $100,000 In Parking Tickets
It might just be a world record.
At the very least one particular car has set a City of Chicago record for receiving the most parking violations ever and accumulating the most parking fines in the city's history.
The city claims Jennifer Fitzgerald owes over $100,000 in parking tickets. And no, that's not a typo or a few misplaced zeros on the end. The amount is actually 105,761 dollars and 80 cents to be precise.
This is the total mind boggling debt the City of Chicago says the 31 year old, single mother of one, allegedly owes for parking violations on a single vehicle.
It's a car she claims she didn't own, drive or park where it racked up 678 bright orange parking tickets over a period of nearly three years according to Chicago's Department of Finance.
Based on records from the DOF's list of the city's top parking ticket scofflaws, the car in question seems to have set a record in Chicago for having received the highest number of parking tickets as well as accruing the largest fine amounts ever beating Chicago's #2 ranked parking ticket scofflaw by $65,000 and over 400 violations!
But now Fitzgerald is fighting back with a lawsuit against the city, her ex-boyfriend and United Airlines which was filed Friday, November 2nd in Cook County Circuit Court.
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Display of parking violations for this case online at:
I knew that was gonna be a large document: 30 pages in *.pdf format!
notice it’s not the police, dmv or even the department of traffic violation/ traffic violation bureau
A rare honest thing in chicago - Department of Revenue (as that’s what it’s all about)
I’d tell them that they can keep the car.
She should have kept records when she bought the car. A city should not be able to tie the offense of another person to the things they own.
Typical lazy gubment employees. Now it would hurt to much for someone to admit they screwed up and cancel all the tickets and just crush the car.
What do you expect from Obama land. Own it suckers !
“She should have kept records when she bought the car. “
She didn’t buy the car, her ex-boyfriend did, and registered it in her name!
Wonder if he treats his spawn better than his ex-girlfriend?
Any bets on what his child support status looks like?
Message is: Don’t let your boyfriend drive your car when he knows the tickets go to you.
I visited Chicago for a day in 2003. I parked my CRX in some tight spots. Got a parking ticket.
Then I moved on, and parked with the ticket on the windshield. Got a second ticket. Then a third at a diner. All in all - $800 in tickets.
Never paid them. Never will.
I knew the sexual revolution hurt or burdened women in many ways. I never imagined parking tickets, though.
Ohhh, you’re in for it now. They’ll track you down and impose late fees, fines, and interest and you’ll have the fame of having the highest ticketed car.
Proof all of this is about the money rather than overstaying the parking space. I suspect the airport ticket person was having fun and probably had a bet with someone he could rack up the tickets. They need to find out which ticket person was friends or enemy of the boyfriend.
I wonder if her Chicago car had the $85 Annual City Sticker on the windshield + the $25 residential parking sticker?
“Never paid them. Never will.”
Never go back to Chicago with that car either, and risk
getting another ticket.
There’s probably an arrest warrant out there with your name on it.
“Never go back to Chicago”. Yeah, I learned that lesson within MINUTES of my arrival. Which is why I stopped caring. It’s a bit of extra gas, but it’s not too tough to drive around Illinois. And Ohio.
I don’t like the fact that I have to drive through New York to visit my father.
I grew up in the suburbs north of Chicago, but lived my
early adult life in the city, working in theater,until 1982 and finally moved
to Arizona for a few years. Iam very well aware of Chicago
and all it gave the world, and what it gave the world some years after I left (it had nothing to do with my departure.)
It’s no surprise that I hear from friends (one a former NBC reporter from the period I lived there) about how infinitely much worse it is there now.We don’t really have to go any further than the farce of Rahm Emanuel carpetbagging it up there, somehow getting elected Mayor,
for the SOLE purpose of solidifying Obama’s re-election base, and doing it successfully.Chicago is still in many ways a beautiful city, but politically it is the pits.
I'd be very careful, CT DMV can still gig you, as will other states with the same DMV compacts. (I know, because PA has them with most.)
We should do this to every liberal in office.
i got a failure to appear with a bench warrant on me in Arkansas due to an aerial speeding ticket from a rental car i was driving. I never received the summons and didnt find out about it until I applied for a job that required a background check. For some reason i didnt get that job, best to take care of things before they avalanche
I know CT is pretty harsh on tickets/violations.
On parking tickets for myself and family, my brother had a load of parking tickets in Chicago and suburb towns when he lived there in the late 1980’s. I don’t know if they caught up to him or not. He moved to IL in 1987 and moved back to IN in 1990. When he moved back to IN, he started to get nasty letters on them and he switched his paperwork back to Indiana. I had a few parking tickets in Indianapolis (three, one which they mistyped the license plate characters), one in CA, one in NM and one in Athens, OH. The one in Athens, they put my state as Michigan instead of Colorado.
On the compacts, there are three compacts
-NRVC - Non-Resident Violator’s Compact which applies to a driver not complying with a traffic citation in a different state. However, it doesn’t apply to parking, registration and weight violations. All states are members except for CA, OR, MT, AK, WI, MI. Paying off the violation is considered compliance.
- DLC - Driver License Compact where violations by non-residents are reported to the their home state for action such as points or suspension. All states are members except for GA, TN, MI, WI. On the non-DLC states, most will still penalize for out of state offenses. A few states don’t penalize for minor violations. States of NM, CO and PA has no points, no record for minor violations but penalize for majors like DUI. NY is the same as for CO and PA but does penalize for violations from Ontario and Quebec. States of WI, NV and MD has no points for out of state violations but will post the violation for your insurance company to see.
- DLA - Driver License Agreement which is suppose to replace the DLC and NRVC and is much more stricter and draconian. As a start, states of the US and Mexico can join as well as the Canadian provinces and may eventually include overseas like the EU. It requires ALL violations to be posted to your record with points and this includes non-moving violations. Even ignoring an out of state parking ticket can get your license pulled. Only the states of CT, AR and MA are members at this time.
Personally on tickets, I do a lot of out of state travel and here are my rules. Being a Colorado licensed driver, for inside of Colorado, if the ticket accrues points, I fight it/plea bargain, for no points tickets, I pay it since no-points violations are not posted to the driving record. Parking tickets I pay as well. Outside of Colorado, parking tickets are ignored unless in a rental car. Traffic tickets like for speeding, if there is an offer made to plea it down, I take it, otherwise I just pay it.
Lastly I also check if the other state would assess points on a non-resident driving privilege. Some states if you are driving in that state, get a ticket there and pay it, that state may assess points against your driving privilege. You are given like a “ghost” driver license for that state like their driver license number, etc. A few years back, I had problems with Missouri. Got a few tickets and had points there even though I was clean in Colorado. If I got suspended in MO, I would have gotten suspended in CO until I got reinstated in MO. Off the top of my head, some states will do points on non-resident drivers who get tickets in the given state. Besides MO, also CO, OH, PA(?), CA, NY, NH, VT, MI will give points to out of state drivers. Also NY and MI has penalty fees (Driver Responsibility Fee) if you have too many points and they will expect you to pay the fee even if you have an out of state license or they suspend your privilege to drive in that state.
One thing to consider is some places now are sending parking violations to collections especially on out of state drivers since the compact don’t apply to them.
Also rules are different for CDL drivers. All violations including non-moving violations are suppose to show on your record.
Want to add, some states will penalize on violations in Canada and some will penalize for DUI’s in a foreign country. See http://www.suspendedlicensehelp.com/blog/post/Mass-RMV-Suspends-for-German-OUI.aspx
Ping to Celerity and All to review your comments at #24 & #25.
Concerning Driver License Agreement (DLA), IMHO, it really sucks. I don’t know if the American Assoc. of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) are pushing it hard today but is was pushed hard like 10 years ago. What I didn’t mention is the DLA states have to share their driver license system with all of North America including non-DLA states. Sharing it with like Mexico is a goldmine for identity theft. Congressman Sensenbrenner was very in much in favor of mandating the DLA on all states.
The DLA even requires compliance to the letter of an out of state court order no matter how ridiculous it is. An example is you drive your New Mexico tagged vehicle with very dark window tint which is legal in NM in Virginia. You get stopped and ticketed for tint in VA, if the court orders removal of the tint, you have to comply under the DLA or have your license pulled. Right now under the NRVC, you just pay your fine and then you will be in compliance.
Also for a state to be a member of the DLA, no deviations are allowed on how drivers are punished for out of state offenses unless given special permission from the DLA board and that permission has to be reapplied for every 5 years. This prevents states from enacting protections for their drivers like no points for out of state violations. This is aimed at a few states like CO, NY, PA, NM to start with. Also, if there is a conflict between the DLA and a state law, the DLA takes precedence or overrides the state’s law.
Congressman Ron Paul remarked the DLA is very much an invasion of privacy especailly sharing personal information with foreign countries.
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