Naperville has taken one other step to attempt to crack down on dashing drivers in response to issues about avenue racing and motorists evading police.
Underneath a metropolis ordinance, police can tow and impound automobiles used to flee and elude site visitors stops or in different misdemeanor offenses.
Drivers going through felony or misdemeanor costs will now be hit with a better charge to get their vehicles again from the impound lot.
Town council on Tuesday evening agreed to boost the executive towing charge from $300 to $500.
Council members unanimously authorized the rise with out dialogue, however Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall instructed the Every day Herald the charge hike will function a deterrent, whereas additionally extra appropriately protecting the associated fee and worker time that goes into towing offending automobiles.
Road racing and different “disruptive driving habits” have worsened for the reason that onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, police and metropolis officers say. The issue areas have been downtown, in parking garages and alongside Aurora Avenue.
Police even have seen extra ATVs and dust bikes on public streets and their drivers violating cease indicators and site visitors management units.
Of larger concern is a rise in drivers fleeing and eluding police, Marshall mentioned.
Naperville reported 48 folks in 2020 and 25 thus far this 12 months who fled from officers throughout lawful site visitors stops, typically at extreme speeds, Marshall mentioned. That is a major uptick from the earlier annual common of 19 circumstances.
“I have never seen this many people who flee from the police in my profession in legislation enforcement,” Marshall mentioned. “It’s extremely harmful, so it is essential we use all instruments obtainable to curtail this habits.”
Officers are solely allowed to pursue drivers for a “forcible felony,” he mentioned. However the metropolis’s towing code does permit police to impound automobiles which were used unlawfully, corresponding to these fleeing from police — a Class A misdemeanor.
Naperville officers have began leaning into that coverage, with a number of investigations to establish the registered proprietor, monitor down the automobile and impound it, Marshall mentioned.
“That, I believe, is without doubt one of the most important methods we are going to implement that may hopefully curtail strident habits,” he mentioned.
The $500 administrative towing charge is on par with different suburban communities, together with St. Charles, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Aurora, Mundelein, Rolling Meadows and West Dundee, in line with a memo from Marshall.
The rise will elevate roughly $100,000 yearly.
The $500 administrative charge is on prime of a $165 towing charge for many automobiles, plus $30 per day for storage. Vans have increased charges. That provides as much as a median towing charge of $665, plus storage.
As a part of enforcement efforts, the town additionally plans to put in velocity bumps in parking garages and alongside varied downtown streets.