City of West Chicago
475 Main Street
P.O.Box 488
West Chicago, IL  60185

Contact: Media City
  Gabrielle Wallace Jim Mazurek
  630-918-9210 630-293-2222
Date:  April 11 , 2005  

West Chicago City Council approves ordinance to tow vehicles involved in illegal activities

WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, APRIL 4, 2005 Ė Beginning May 1, 2005, vehicles used in conjunction with certain illegal activities in the City of West Chicago will be towed. The City Council approved an ordinance on April 4 that introduces this new program.

According to Jim Mazurek, interim Chief of Police, because of an increasing number of traffic arrests for DUI, driving with license suspended or revoked, and no valid driver's license, this ordinance was created to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of West Chicago.

ďWe want people to obey the law. Donít drive drunk and donít drive without a valid driverís license. If you decide to break the law while driving, be prepared for some economic setbacks,Ē said Mazurek.

The owner of the vehicle involved in the illegal activity will be liable for an administrative cost, which can total over five hundred dollars in addition to towing and storage fees.

Examples of illegal activities that would result in the administrative charge include:

This ordinance does not apply if the vehicle was reported stolen within twenty-four hours after the theft was discovered.

West Chicago is the fastest growing city in DuPage County in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. With a current population of more than 25,000, West Chicago is a diverse, family-oriented community with a rich cultural mix and a proud heritage. West Chicago is the first Illinois community established by the railroads and continues to be a convenient transportation hub, served by three major rail lines, Illinois' third-busiest airport and three state highways. West Chicago offers award winning schools, a growing industrial park and convenient access to parks, shopping and restaurants. Additional information and current events can be found on the city's website at www.westchicago.org.

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