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New Los Angeles DUI Impound Policy in Effect

The Los Angeles Police Department has announced its new impound policy due to criticism that these are directed at Latinos who are driving without licenses or insurance.  The new impound policies will allow unlicensed and uninsured drivers to call a legal driver to retrieve the vehicle, without having their vehicles taken to an impound yard.

The older laws under which police officers could impound cars belonging to unlicensed and uninsured drivers had been severely criticized by Pasadena DUI lawyers and immigrant advocacy groups.  Immigrant groups have been the most vocal opponents of these policies, and have turned up to protest at drunk driving checkpoints.

Much of the criticism comes from the fact that these impound operations are targeted at persons from minority communities, who typically lack the resources to retrieve their cars after they have been impounded.  Once the car has been sent to an impound yard, the fees accumulate quickly, and Hispanics and other minority communities find it hard to cough up the fees to retrieve their car.

The problem in California has grown so bad, that many checkpoints have turned from anti-DUI efforts into revenue generation zones.  There is no doubt that impoundment of cars generates strong revenues for police departments, but it renders people helpless with no means of transportation.  These policies have done nothing but add to the population of unlicensed, uninsured drivers in California.  Their effect on preventing DUI has been surprisingly nil.  That shouldn’t be so surprising considering that the focus all along has not been on keeping drunk drivers off the street, but adding to police coffers.

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