The Chicago City Council is due to vote this week on an ordinance to end illegal street racing, an issue that has become a familiar and disruptive issue affecting several different parts of the city.
The proposed order, put forward by Alds. Quinn of the 13th Ward, Reilly of the 42nd Ward and Curtis of the 18th Ward say the “reckless” street racing has “tormented” residents of their neighborhood, as well as other neighborhoods. According to a statement, the order would allow Chicago police to “immediately seize a car involved in drag racing” and set fines between $5,000 and $10,000 per violation.
Additionally, under the proposal, the owner of the vehicle could face a $500 fine.
The three neighborhoods span Chicago, from the West Lawn neighborhood in the southwest of the city to downtown Loop, Streeterville and River North.
Video of a street racing incident around 2 a.m. Monday in the West Loop near the intersection of Monroe St. and Clinton St. shows drivers doing donuts, surrounded by crowds of people and cars . Chicago police said they received calls about the incident and arrested a 17-year-old who during the event allegedly injured an officer after throwing a firework at them.
The full city council is expected to vote on the ordinance on Wednesday.