Illinois rethinks taking driver's licenses for traffic tickets

Full story: Chicago Tribune

As if the $125 ticket wasn't bad enough, Lauren Kamm's illegal left turn onto Ashland Avenue in Chicago earned her an extra surprise: Her driver's license was confiscated.

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RDog

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#23
Mar 7, 2008
 
I'm all for the reform. Anything which gives police officers less power and individual citizens more leverage in their interactions with these tools of state-licensed violence = good in my books.
mark

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#24
Mar 7, 2008
 
The more I learn about Illinois the more I hate it. What a backwater political laughingstock of a State/County/ City we have here. Constitutional Convention anyone ?
another mark

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#25
Mar 7, 2008
 
WE did, in 1970, and what a mess......

Try it again and the libtards will REALLY screw us over.
Nanci Jenkins

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#27
Mar 7, 2008
 
Chicago wrote:
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Yeah right, it's not any extra work for the cop to take you into the station. In fact, it's no big deal AT ALL. BTW, there is no quota.
Always a viable option, just go in and post bond OR get a bond card. This article is just shy of pointless.
Most of the articles ARE pointless!
sfAlderman

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#28
Mar 7, 2008
 
I grew up IL and remember this happening to me. Losers.

At the least it's an inconvenience; at worst it's the act of a financially desperate, moronic government harassing taxpayers.

Shame on you IL. No wonder so many of us moved to California (which doesn't use this inane practice).
Dave

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#29
Mar 7, 2008
 
Did anyone catch the $2.4 million figure to tag driver license numbers???

This doesn't make sense. Police can flag the driver's license number using an onboard laptop. Why does it take $2.4 million to do this?

Tribune, wake up. Report on this.
Who's cousin's company is making mega-bucks in Florida for doing NOTHING.

Why is the Trib so bad at asking where the money goes? Probably the same reason we NEVER read about the city budget. Would some TRIB reporter please actually read and report on the city budget? I am tired of the lame one story per year on the budget. "City budget passed in the dead of night; record tax increase" <-- 2009 headline
NO LICENSE

Crown Point, IN

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#30
Mar 7, 2008
 
GO TO THE DMV, AND GET ANOTHER ONE SAY YOU LOST THE ONE YOU HAVE ! IS ANOTHER OPTION. BEFORE YOU GET ARRESTED. THINK AHEAD.
Brava

Chicago, IL

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#31
Mar 7, 2008
 
Wisconsin allows you to use a credit card at a traffic stop to post bond. Why can't we catch up to what our northern neighbor is doing.

I got stopped there last year and they didn't take my license. The cost of the speeding ticket was over $200.00, rather expensive.
curveball

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#32
Mar 7, 2008
 
tough love! thats what i say. there are too too many idots out there that can't drive and shouldn't have a license to begin with. don't jump one me for my comments, i have been driving for 34 yrs and never had an accident and also have never had a ticket! so stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
curveball

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#33
Mar 7, 2008
 
learn how to drive and you won't have to worry about anyone taking your license!
djt

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#34
Mar 7, 2008
 
The Champaign County Judge was surprised "Illinois was one of the few States". I've got a newsflash for all the Bureaucrats in this State.'Illinois is one of the few States' in way to many areas.
djt

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#35
Mar 7, 2008
 
curveball wrote:
tough love! thats what i say. there are too too many idots out there that can't drive and shouldn't have a license to begin with. don't jump one me for my comments, i have been driving for 34 yrs and never had an accident and also have never had a ticket! so stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
Illinois drivers are some of the best in the Country. I live part-time in Dallas and Atlanta during the winter, now those are horrendous Drivers.

As an example, I use residences I have to avoid fees in certain States. My Insurance Co. laughed at me when I wanted to obtain a better rate. Double in Ga. and Triple in Tx, I of course kept registrations in Illinois.

Since: Nov 07

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#37
Mar 7, 2008
 
We seem to be overlooking something. If you have money, posting bond isn't a big deal. It makes a difference if the $75 bond is just chump change to you, or if it's your grocery money for the week, though. There needs to be an available alternative - you shouldn't be jailed for being poor.
David

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#38
Mar 7, 2008
 
As a new resident to Illiniois - I have lived in three countries and five other states, I can only assume this practice has it's roots in bribing the cop......"can I just pay you and be on my way I ask the officer?" While I am not sure about Illinois, the majority of the states of this republic treat driving offenses as "civil" not "criminal" acts. The only criminal act is not showing up for your hearing or not paying the fine.....so why do you need to pay bail? I am glad I had two copies of my drivers license from my last state.....one to hand the bribe seeking cop and one for me!
adamo

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#39
Mar 7, 2008
 
I have a speeding problem. I got stopped a few times last year. Both times my license was taken. Both times I was told it was "lost in the process" and I had to go to the DMV for new ones after months of not getting it in the mail. I was told that the ID's get lost all the time. This is welcome news for me as a not-so-law-abiding chicagoan
Chicago1

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#40
Mar 7, 2008
 
mark wrote:
The more I learn about Illinois the more I hate it. What a backwater political laughingstock of a State/County/ City we have here. Constitutional Convention anyone ?
SO, Leave. There are 3 state lines within an hour or so, i suggest you cross it.
Darkwater

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#41
Mar 7, 2008
 
In 1988, I got stopped by the State Police, I was able to sign an I-Bond on the spot. Why is this not mentioned or has that practice been eliminated?

Since: Dec 07

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#43
Mar 7, 2008
 
I moved to Florida from Illinois while I was living in Florida I received a speeding ticket. I signed the ticket and drove on. If I did not pay the ticket my license would have been suspended and an extra charge to reinstate the license. Illinois could learn alot from Florida.
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#45
Mar 7, 2008
 
I couldn't rent a car when I got a simple speeding ticket in Illinois because they took my license. I had a State ID and a copy of my ticket and they STILL refused to allow me to rent a car.

With all the crap Illinois pulls, you'd think they'd do something to actually help residents of the state.
ATB

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#46
Mar 7, 2008
 
Well it's about time. After moving here and learning of this, I've always thought it a joke, but learned it's typical of Illinois overly burdensome, beauracratic ways. A waste of administrative resources . . that and city stickers.

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