A byproduct of gang-related murders is mayhem at gang funerals. An Illinois Senate committee has passed a bill to allow cities to impound a vehicle in which the driver is accused of reckless driving while in, or while interfering with, a funeral procession.

“It’s like being in the Wild West,” said Chicago alderman Matt O’Shea, whose district abuts a busy cemetery. “When you see 30-40-50 cars in the procession of a gang funeral, and many of those cars are driving across the center lane, into oncoming traffic, flashing gang signals, yelling out obscenities at people – you’d have to see it to believe it.”

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“We have found that merely ticketing the offending motorist does nothing to curtail this dangerous behavior,” said O’Shea.

SB 2154 has passed the Senate Transportation Committee.

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