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September 20, 2014, 1:02 pm
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City Council Mulls Over Possible Tow Ordinance Changes

The fee charged to the owners of vehicles towed after being pulled over under suspicion of a crime by Springfield Police is too high and should be brought down, but there are other problems with the current ordinance on the books, according to Alderman Doris Turner.


Currently the city charges a $500 fee to the owner of a vehicle that is towed after the vehicle is pulled over in suspicion of a crime or even in the case of subsequent noise ordinance violations.


Turner says that the fee should be dropped because it only costs the city between $180 to $350, though there are other costs associated with the legal department, the Treasurer’s and Clerk’s offices.


But that’s not the only problems Turner has with the current ordinance.


The current ordinance does allow for an administrative hearing to determine if there was the necessary probable cause in the case, but does not address if someone is found innocent of charges in a court of law.


The most common reasons a vehicle impounded by Springfield police are driving under the influence, suspended or revoked driver's license and criminal drug offenses, according Corporation Council Mark Cullen's office.

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