Fines for violations of driving regulations
Firstly remember that if a policeman stops your car, do not get out of it, and place your hands on the steering wheel. A police officer checks the documents, explains what is your violation, and what is the punishment for it. A ticket can be paid in banks only. It's not possible to pay a fine on-site.
Legal blood alcohol content allowed is 0,08 ‰. Its exceeding leads to a considerable fine, to driver's license confiscation, and in some cases even to arrest.
As for the fines themselves, here are some sums:
- a fine for unfastened seat belts $50
- a fine for speed infringement can be $60-500
- punishment for parking in areas for the disabled is $250
- driving on the roadside $450
Parking of a rented car in Chicago
Towards parking, Chicago is a convenient but not a cheap city. A parking hour can reach up to 15-25 dollars. However, there are parkings where parking hour costs 3-5 dollars. There are quite many cars in the city, so it's not always easy to find a parking space quickly. Anyway, there are enough parking lots in Chicago, so you can always leave a car in required place.
If you are going to visit neighbor cities, remember that the driving regulations and fines can vary from state to state. However, try to observe general rules on the road. Watch the traffic signs. Note that the signs are not always the symbols. Very often there is an inscription with corresponding prohibition or permission only. Speed limitation is presented in miles.
Children aged to 6 must be transported in a special safety seat. It is obligatory in most states to fasten the safety belts by all the passengers in a vehicle. Low beam must be switched on both day and night.
Driving under the influence is strictly controlled and punished. Except blood alcohol concentration, a car can be checked for opened bottles with alcohol drinks inside. It is also fined.
There are many toll roads in Chicago and its surroundings. To pay for passing, you have to turn aside from the main road. Special EZ Pass device will help you not to pay all the time and drive to the toll sections for free. The invoice is issued after passing. It is extremely convenient for those who plan to travel a lot.