TheNewspaper.com: Driving Politics
Home >Police Enforcement > Seizure/Confiscation > Illinois: Village to Seize Cars Over Aftermarket Mufflers 
Print It Email It Tweet It

10/22/2007
Illinois: Village to Seize Cars Over Aftermarket Mufflers
Rossville, Illinois is looking to seize cars that use aftermarket exhaust systems that may be louder than stock.

Rossville, Illinois
Automobiles with aftermarket exhaust systems may be seized if they pass through Rossville, Illinois and a police officer thinks the vehicle is making too much noise. The village will also authorize police to grab a vehicle if an unruly passenger "resists" an officer's commands. The ordinance was approved last week over the strong objection of

"If a kid has loud mufflers, give him a ticket; don't take his car," Trustee Dick Queen said, as reported by the News-Gazette newspaper. "I think it's wrong to punish the driver for what a passenger does."

Municipalities in Illinois have taken the lead in generating significant revenue through automobile seizure ordinances. Chicago seizes 25,000 cars every year. Cook County's car grabbing program earns the equivalent of $1.7 million a year.

The jurisdictions have also come up with a number of clever ways to accuse motorists of crimes meriting confiscation. Rockford and Peoria will seize cars with loud stereos. Oak Forest will seize the car of anyone accused of crimes like shoplifting that have nothing whatsoever to do with driving. In all jurisdictions, the seizure takes place upon a mere accusation by police -- not after any finding of guilt in a court of law. Kane County will even keep a confiscated car belonging to a motorist later found innocent.

Source: Vehicle seizure rules passed in Rossville (East Central Illinois News-Gazette, 10/22/2007)



Permanent Link for this item
Return to Front Page


Related News
US Justice Department Report Questions Motive Behind Auto Seizures

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ferrari Confiscation

Congress Curtails Automobile And Other Asset Seizures

New Mexico State Senators Attack Automoble Impounding

Los Angeles, California To Seize Spectator Cars




View Main Topics:

Get Email Updates
Subscribe with Google
Subscribe via RSS or E-Mail

Back To Front Page


Front Page | Get Updates | Site Map | News Archive | Search | RSS Feed
TheNewspaper.com: Driving politics
TheNewspaper.com