The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today’s winner is Sarasota Florida Police Chief Peter Abbott. He gets the award for the following.

SARASOTA — Driving with your car stereo too loud here can already get you a ticket. If Sarasota police have their way it could also get your car impounded and cost you at least $500 to get it back.

Sarasota police want the authority to tow away drivers’ cars if they are caught playing the stereo too loud, driving with a suspended license or leaving the scene of a minor crash — all misdemeanor charges.

Sarasota police Lt. Steve Breakstone said towing a car and charging the owner a $500 fine to pick it up is an effective crime-fighting tool that will make people think twice about breaking the law again.

“There are certain people in the community who don’t care how many times police arrest them or issue a citation,” Breakstone said. “But they care if you impound their car.”

Guilty till proven innocent is the mantra of law enforcement across much of the United States. Unless you’re fellow law enforcement, then you’ll be given a helping hand after your DUI and driving on the wrong side of the interstate kills two people.

Sarasota Police Chief Peter Abbott dismissed any notion that the measure is intended to raise money for the city, pointing out that it is against the law to enact an ordinance just to collect revenue.

He said expanding his department’s ability to impound cars would address “quality of life” issues — such as noise pollution — that residents complain about citywide.

If you’re police have enough time Chief to arrest people for playing music too loudly, you and your department is overstaffed. Get off your backside, put down those donuts, and start busting real criminals. But before that, I name Sarasota Florida Police Chief Peter Abbott today’s Knucklehead of the Day.

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