City Officials Encourages Safety During Baseball Season

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), Chicago Police and Fire Departments, Department of Business Afffairs and Consumer Protection and the Chicago Transit Authority joined elected officials and representatives from the White Sox and Cubs organizations today in addressing safety and quality of life issues during the 2011 baseball season.

“With Chicago’s baseball home openers right around the corner, we want to remind residents to enjoy the season safely,” said Jose A. Santiago, OEMC Executive Director at a press conference today at the city’s 911 center.

The Chicago Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener Friday April 1st. In their home opener, the Chicago White Sox will play the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday April 7.

Officials also want to inform and warn residents to be mindful of traffic and parking changes for the upcoming baseball season.

“Residents should be aware of the parking restrictions that will begin to take effect around the ballparks, be prepared for heavier traffic, and as always, take public transportation whenever possible,” added Santiago.

About 50 traffic aides will be in position at U.S. Cellular Field and Wrigley Field to reduce traffic congestion during baseball games.

The Chicago Police Department stated that DUI enforcement is a top priority this season. “We encourage fans to take cabs or public transportation if they have exceeded the legal alcohol limit, said Deputy Chief Bruce Rottner. “Curfews will be strictly enforced, and business and bar owners should pay special attention to under aged customers like juveniles and college students patronizing their establishments.”

Local businesses of U.S. Cellular Field and Wrigley Field are reminded that city and state liquor laws will be strictly enforced during this time and all businesses should be in compliance.

The city will also remind citizens that public transportation is the best way to travel during baseball season to avoid parking regulations and traffic congestion.

Residents can sign up to receive up to date information on traffic and streets closures in and around the ballparks from the City of Chicago by visiting AlertChicago.com and registering to receive NotifyChicago alerts.