The infractions that can get your car impounded are becoming increasingly frivolous, presenting cash-strapped towns with new sources of revenue. In truth, impounding cars and then charging “fees” for their release is nothing but theft and extortion committed by city governments.
Welcome to a new era in Chicagoland policing, where municipalities are turning traffic stops into big money.
A Tribune investigation has found that more than 100 area communities have created laws to seize vehicles as punishment for a growing list of offenses, from drunken driving to loud radios to littering. Car owners must then pay “administrative” fees to get their vehicles back, even if the owners had nothing to do with the crime.
If the owners don’t pay — and can’t convince municipal officials that the tow was unfair — their vehicles are taken away for good.
Read more at the Chicago Tribune.