Lake County Residents Complain Of High Snowstorm Tow Fees

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Some Lake County drivers who got stuck during the blizzard and ended up getting their cars towed are complaining they’re being gouged by the towing companies.

Some paid around $300, while others a little over $150.

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The Lake County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Department has agreements with the towing companies to remove cars, but it doesn’t set the rates.

That’s up to the companies.

Lt. Christopher Thompson says it’s really not that unreasonable under the circumstances.

“It can sound like a lot of money,” said Thompson. “People also need to understand that these tow truck drivers were risking their own lives. It is their job.”

And, he says, people had plenty of warning the storm was coming.

  • John Cenfix

    And we complain about Cook County

    • harold

      reasonable is one thing but takeing advantage is disgusting they say they;re there to help you then decide how much they;ll charge you as they go along ,,,what are you going to do exept pay,,to me its amazeing how they can have a good day/week while you;re haveing a hard time,,,,

  • righttrack

    Just another reason to havea AAA or AARP towing membership.

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