Save yourself a ticket: things to remember

Photo illustration by Vince Pinto: Students can easily get a public urination ticket while releaving themselves outside of a party

Photo illustration by Vince Pinto: Students can easily get a public urination ticket while relieving themselves outside of a party.

Whether you’re an upperclassman and you’re familiar with the BloNo area or you’re new this year, there are laws to keep in mind so you don’t end up with a hefty fine. After an email came out to the Illinois State University community reminding students to abide by the traffic laws, it seemed like a good idea to remind students to be careful.

You are not allowed to ride skateboards, roller blades, inline skates, skis or sleds in the streets unless in the crosswalk, according to the Municipal Code Sec. 2. 3-29.

Although the sidewalk can get crowded, you’ll regret cruising down the street if it means getting a ticket. You are better off taking advantage of Constitution Trail, which stretches through campus and beyond and is close, convenient and safe.

Jaywalking, or walking outside of the crosswalk, is illegal and is taken seriously here on campus.

With so many students walking to and from class and traffic passing through, it is easy for someone to step in front of a moving car if they are not paying attention.

Though many places don’t strictly enforce jaywalking, the ISU campus does and you will get a ticket if caught. In the past, Normal PD and campus police have stood at the corners of busy intersections and given tickets to those students who do not abide by the law.

You cannot ride your bike in Uptown Normal on the sidewalk or in the traffic circle. There are signs up around the area to remind you to stay in the street. Since so many students, families and young children are in and out of the area, it is not safe to ride your bike on the sidewalk.

This is a complicated rule because at the Uptown traffic circle, Constitution Trail ends and picks up again on the other side of the circle. Avoid the risk of hurting anyone or breaking the law by walking your bike over to the other side.

Senior family and consumer science major Molly Mazur is new to riding her bike in the area and is still getting used to the rules and regulations that come with it.

“I don’t think it is safe to ride in the street if there is no bike lane,” Mazur said.

One of the perks of turning 21 is that you are free of the underage drinking ticket of $275, not including the fee for the required alcohol courses that come with it. The bad news is that you are not immune to all drinking tickets just because you are of age.

The most common ticket that 21-and-overs receive is possession of open alcohol. If you are walking from one party to the next and your alcohol is not sealed, you can still receive a $275 fine.

Be smart and avoid carrying the water bottles of vodka or half a fifth of vodka for yourself or your underage friends. Even if the alcohol is not yours, the ticket is under your name.

These are just a few of the many rules and regulations to remember in the Normal area. Although they may seem inconvenient, you are better off sticking to the rules than paying a fine or endangering yourself or others.

If you want to find out more details about the laws mentioned, or if would like to look up others, you can find the Town of Normal Municipal Code on the Normal website.

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