Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, June 21

  • Fewer Divvy Riders Ride to Work Than in NYC, DC, But They Patronize Small Businesses (Curbed)
  • Metra Board Voting Today on Whether to Renew $2.7M in Contracts With Lobbying Firms (Tribune)
  • Cross-Country Cyclist Tim Lalla From Orland Park Seriously Injured by Driver in Alabama (NBC)
  • Evanston Police: Man Faces Charges of Being a So-Called “Pedestrian Under the Influence” (Tribune)
  • Police: Rash of “Bump-and-Run” Car Thefts Near Old Town (DNA)
  • Obama Center Plans Performance Lawn, Sled Hill, Playground to Replace 6-Lane Road (Tribune)
  • Ride Uber With Less Guilt: As CE-Bro Steps Down, Company Adding In-App Tipping in Chicago (DNA)
  • New O’Hare Bus Lets Travelers Move Between Terminals Without Leaving Secure Area (DNA)
  • The Suburb of Brookfield Is Planning a Bike Boulevard for Arden Avenue
  • Yasmeen Schuller Discusses Chainlink’s & SBC’s Mellow Chicago Bike Map on Outside the Loop Radio
  • Active Trans Launches a Petition Calling for Bike Lanes on Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park
  • E-Bike Expo Takes Place in Lincolnwood This Weekend

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  • Pat

    625 ILCS 5/11-1010) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-1010)
    Sec. 11-1010. Pedestrians under influence of alcohol or drugs. A pedestrian who is under the influence of alcohol or any drug to a degree which renders himself a hazard shall not walk or be upon a highway except on a sidewalk.
    (Source: P.A. 79-857.)

    What is the definition of a highway and is Howard St considered one?

  • johnaustingreenfield

    I’m looking into this issue, but I do know you can’t be charged with “biking under the influence” in Illinois:

  • what_eva

    If you go up to the definitions section of 625 ILCS 5, you’ll find 625 ILCS 5/1-126:

    Highway. The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel or located on public school property.

    ie any road, street, etc.

    The way I read the section you’ve posted is in the context of places where it is legal for a pedestrian to walk on the road. That being when there is no sidewalk. So, this is saying that if you’re drunk, you can’t walk down a rural road with no sidewalk. In the specific case of Howard St, yes, it is a highway, but it has a sidewalk, so it’s already not legal to walk down the street, drunk or not. That section doesn’t apply to sidewalks, so it’s fine to walk down a sidewalk on Howard St drunk.

    Were you or someone you know cited under that section?

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Turns out this is, in fact, a thing in Evanston (what else would you expect from the headquarters of the temperance movement?) Thanks to Keating Law for looking this up for us.

    A pedestrian who is under the influence of alcohol or any drug to a degree which renders himself/herself a hazard shall not walk or be upon any public right-of-way.
    (Ord. No. 8-0-12, (49-0-11(exh. B, § 9-5-10-3)), 1-23-2012)

  • Pat

    The headlines have a blotter about someone who was cited. Just curious.

  • Pat

    Probably on in the books in Oak Park too.

    What about riding a horse?

  • what_eva

    That’s a pretty big difference from the state law. The state law says you can’t walk drunk to the point of being a hazard on the roadway, but sidewalks are fine. Evanston says not on any public right-of-way, which includes sidewalks.

    While this may be a dated temperance era ordinance, it’s at least been checked as recently as 2012. The whole section all has the same ordinance/date in 2012, which points to a cleanup or reorg of ordinances, but I’d hope they would have gone through it.