Something That Makes Sense
- Every year, 25,000 motorists get tickets -- and fines in the $75-to-$150 range -- for driving on suspended or revoked licenses in Chicago.
Their keep-on-truckin' days are about to end.
Today, the City Council's Police and Traffic committees agreed to seize their vehicles -- even if packed city auto pounds don't have enough room to handle the influx.
Transportation Committee Chairman Tom Allen (38th) championed the crackdown to stem abuses exposed by the Chicago Sun-Times' "Why Are They Driving?" series.
His ordinance would not allow offenders to reclaim their vehicles until they pay a $1,000 "administrative penalty." That's on top of the $160 towing fee, and $10 a day for storage for the first five days and $35 a day every day thereafter.
Unfortunately, we can already see Jesse and Meeks lining up against this as "unduly harsh" and "oppressive" on minorities. Anyone want to take us up on that wager?