More Extortion via Impound
- Chicago motorists who open their car and SUV windows, dump their trash and turn Chicago streets into a dumping ground would risk losing their wheels and their wallets, under a crackdown proposed Wednesday by an influential alderman.
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus, wants to impound the vehicles of those who commit the driver version of fly dumping. He also wants to dramatically increase the fines — from a current range of $50-$150 to $1,500 a pop.
Vehicle impoundment — and the hefty towing and storage fees that come with it — has become a catch-all penalty for an array of offenses ranging from prostitution to loud music-playing and curfew violations.
It might sound a bit harsh to use it to punish littering, but Brookins said it shouldn’t.
First up, since they stopped allowing coppers to actually appear at hearings, impounds dropped off precipitously from the 1990's. Second, we imagine that the neighborhoods that actually could use this sort of enforcement are the ones that are going to scream the loudest should this Ordinance actually pass.
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