When the city’s elevation drawing program goes into overdrive
Chicago, IL – The city’s citywide elevation drawing system is going into over-drive as residents increasingly look to avoid or mitigate dangerous conditions in the city.
According to the Chicago Department of Transportation, the city has seen a 55 percent increase in the number of complaints from people concerned about their personal safety or the safety of their property, and a 50 percent increase over the last six months.
The number of incidents has also increased over the past year, from two to 13, according to the department.
“The issue is not the people, the issue is the vehicles,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during a recent press conference on the issue.
“It is a public safety issue, and it needs to be addressed.”
According of the Department of Water Management, there have been 935 complaints from the public about dangerous conditions since May 1, 2018, up from 634 in the same time period last year.
One of the main concerns surrounding elevation drawing has been the lack of adequate signage to alert motorists of the hazards.
Water Resources Director Dan Bostrom said in a recent report that the problem of people not knowing how to use their vehicle is a serious one.
Bostrom’s office estimates that an estimated 40 percent of all incidents are caused by drivers who do not understand or understand the rules of the road, he said.
While there is an increasing number of vehicles on the road that have the wrong signs, he noted that they are still not properly trained to use them.
Some drivers have also been taking shortcuts in navigating city streets, Bostram said, adding that people have been hit with fines for using the wrong turn signal, not using red lights, not yielding and driving in a lane that is too narrow.
When drivers are given a wrong turn sign, BOSTRAMM said they should slow down, wait and then turn left to proceed.
People can also be hit with a $200 fine if they do not use a red light.
Bostrams said the city is working on a new policy that will make it much easier for drivers to understand how to navigate the city in an emergency.
A recent report from the Chicago Police Department found that there were nearly two dozen deaths linked to unsafe vehicle use every year, and that nearly 20 percent of the citys population is overweight or obese.
In recent years, the department has issued more than 200 citations for drivers who use a yellow light, Burt said, with more than half of those tickets related to the elevation drawing.
Drivers who fail to use the correct turn signal will face fines of up to $500, BOLT said.
Chicago has not had a fatal accident related to a water shortage since 2013.