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Sheriff's Office Stepping Up Boulder Hill Parking Patrols

Apr 20, 2015 09:26PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Just three days after a 10-year-old boy walked into the street from behind a parked car and was struck by a van in Boulder Hill, Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird is warning residents of street parking restrictions.

According to Baird, the sheriff's office has received an increasing number of citizen complaints of vehicles parked on Boulder Hill sidewalks. As a result, Baird said deputies will step up patrols for illegally parked vehicles.

Residents first will be given warnings and opportunities to legally park their cars. After warnings, deputies will then begin handing out citations that could result in a $120 fine. 

"If sidewalks are obstructed by vehicles that are improperly parked, it forces people to either have to walk in the roadway or onto other resident’s property," Baird said  "Children playing in front yards or walking along the area may be obstructed from view by improperly parked vehicles creating a very hazardous situation."

The Sheriff's Office also provided the following parking statutes as parking guidelines:

According to the Illinois Vehicle Code: (625 ILCS 5/11-1303(a) (1) No person shall: stop, stand or park a vehicle: (a) on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb side of a street; (b) on a sidewalk; (c) within an intersection; (d) on a crosswalk. The same statue (625 ILCS 5/11-1303(a) (2)) also states no person may stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge passengers: (a) In front of a public or private driveway; (b) Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant; (c) Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection; (d) Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway. 

Additional parking regulations in the Illinois Vehicle Code: (625 ILCS 5/11-1304(a)) states that except as otherwise provided in this section, every vehicle stopped or parked upon a two-way roadway shall be so stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels parallel to and within 12 inches of the right-hand curb or as close as practicable to the right edge of the right-hand shoulder

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