CHICAGO (CBS) — The dreaded city vehicle sticker deadline just passed in Chicago.
That means workers are out in every neighborhood, looking for drivers who didn’t pay up.
CBS 2′s Jim Williams went along for the ride and noticed something very different this year.
City parking sticker enforcers Jose Flores and Julie Gammichia have covered a lot of ground.
“I’ve been on every city street in Chicago,” sad Gammichia
And on every Chicago street, Flores, Gammichia and other investigators for the city clerk’s office look for vehicles without stickers.
An expired city sticker means a $200 ticket.
However, Cammicchia is seeing a trend.
“You’re not seeing today what you saw five years ago,” Cammicchia said. “It’s getting harder and harder to find scofflaws.”
That theory was put to the test today in Humboldt Bark. Last year, investigators wrote a lot of tickets.
This year, every vehicle owned by a Chicago resident had a sticker. And Flores says that’s good news.
“Our work is about fairness,” he said. “It’s about compliance. It’s what we want.”
City officials say they’re getting the word out. Social media helps. And the stiff penalties are an incentive.
If you have missed the deadline, you can still get one and pay a late fee–to avoid a $200 fine.