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DRIVING A CAR IN CHICAGO? Better Have a Driver's License! Common Sense? You Would Think So, But . . .

Folks, it seems pretty obvious that if you want drive an automobile - anywhere - you better have a valid Driver's License.  Duhhhhh!

But here, in Chicago, as reported in the Chicago Tribune by John Byrne, 22,904 tickets were issued in the city for driving without a valid Driver's License. 

And some of these unlicensed drivers have caused serious, if not fatal, traffic accidents.  One such driver without a license, James Cox, was cited for a traffic accident which resulted in the death of a 27-year-old pregnant woman on the West Side of Chicago in October.  Records show Cox was cited 12 times for unlicensed driving, with minimal fines imposed.

Alderman Tom Allen, of the 38th Ward on the Northwest Side of Chicago, sponsored the ordinance.  It takes effect January 1st.  It increases the fine for driving without a driver's license to $500, plus a $165 City Tow Fee to impound and subsequently release the car.  Total penalty - $665.

The Alderman acknowledged his ordinance is far from a cure-all.  But he added if Mr. Cox was faced with thousands of dollars of driving fines, he might not have been behind the wheel to cause an accident which resulted in a fatality.

Often, in Chicago Politics - common sense is not the leader.  On the other hand, it often follows tragedy!

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Comment balloon 2 commentsDean Moss • November 21 2009 07:27PM


This is a chronic problem in Silicon Valley, too. This is why traffic stops for cops can be so dangerous--sometimes there are reasons they have no license (suspect at large in a crimet), etc.

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In NY they impound the car if you don't have a driver's license.  How does a cop give him a ticket and let

him drive away the car?

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