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Illinois traffic lawyer, Illinois traffic rulesIn Chicago and the surrounding areas, you see roadsides and parking garages littered with parking meters. Although you may luck out and find free municipal parking occasionally, these spots are rare and a hot commodity for those looking to spend their money elsewhere. A growing number of Illinois residents opt to utilize public transit to avoid the hassle of finding parking. For those of us who choose to maintain our transportation independence, we must endure the daily struggle to locate parking spots within a reasonable distance to our destinations at a fair cost, and then abide by the time limits set by each area. Occasionally, we need more time in the area and to avoid being towed we run all the way back to our vehicles to pay the meter. However, adding money to the meters is illegal, and many residents are consistently penalized with a traffic citation for this mistake.

The Meter Has Time.

The number one argument in this situation is that the meter had time still left when the officer issued the citation. Is this legal and possible? If your initial time has lapsed, then you must move your vehicle to allow that space to be available for other motorists. To feed the meter to add on additional time is against the law. Many times, the addition successfully goes unnoticed, however, if someone has the evidentiary support that the vehicle remained within the same spot over the initial allotted period, charges are possible.

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