Q: I recently went Christmas shopping with my family in Chicago and I think I accidently ran a red light. The traffic was so backed up and I was distracted where I got caught too far into the intersection and I saw the camera “flash”. What should or can I do? I really don’t want a ticket.
A: Well nobody really wants a ticket. Unfortunately, the Red Light Camera system in Chicago is operated independently from the police department by a private business. All of the camera footage is reviewed and determined if it is a blatant violation of disregarding a red light or not. If they feel that it is or was, a ticket with the video and or photograph will be sent to the registered owner’s home. Of course, all tickets — either in this fashion or from an officer — can be disputed in a court of law.
Q: From your perspective, does it worry you or calm you knowing that some citizens can legally carry firearms?
A: It does not bother me that people carry handguns as long as they do it legally. Every citizen is entitled to self-defense when they are in reasonable fear for their life, the life of another person or their family.
Q: I moved in with my dad after I graduated college until I can find a good-paying job. For some reason he feels it necessary to open up and go through my mail. I realize it is his house but is there something that can be done to protect my privacy?
A: Yes. First, have you tried asking him to not open your mail? Secondly, you could legally purchase a Post Office Box, in which you could have your mail delivered there. Lastly, if you do not trust your father, you should consider some other housing arrangement.
Q: My soon-to-be-ex-husband is nuts. He is listing and selling all of our belongings on Craigslist at a fraction of the value just to spite me. He thinks this is a big joke, what can I do to stop him? Can I call the police?
A: Selling your property is not against the law no matter what the value or what you accept as a price. No, the police cannot stop him. Divorce is a civil issue and not criminal, please contact your divorce attorney.
Q: Do police departments handle illegal sites and scams letters posted on the internet? I am a senior citizen and I feel like everyone is trying to scam me. What can I do to protect myself?
A: I fully understand and law enforcement is constantly addressing illegal activity on the internet. Unfortunately, jurisdiction is often the largest problem in fraud and scam cases. If you are afraid, I suggest not making any purchases on the internet at all or involving yourself in any email or correspondence with anyone you do not know. One of the biggest problems is we cannot pursue or prosecute someone who resides outside the United States.
Q: How long does a police officer receive for a meal break?
A: By contract, our officers are allowed and receive a 30-minute “dinner” period. Of course, during this time they are still subject to calls.
The winner of the $30 gas card, sponsored by Mayor Ron Meer, was Darlene Glassman, of Michigan City. Let’s answer last column’s riddle of who lived outdoors but never on land? The answer, of course, was fish.
The sponsor for this week’s riddle is me Sgt. Chris! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Thank you to everyone for another great year and may God bless you for a fantastic 2017. This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card.
They call me a man, but I'll never have a wife.
I was given a body, but not a life.
They made me a mouth, but didn't give me breath.
Water gives me life, but the sun brings me death.
What am I?
The 10th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins. To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, ext. 1020, or email email@example.com.