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LAPD limits impounding of unlicensed drivers' cars
Los Angeles Times ^ | March 12, 2011 | Joel Rubin and Ari Bloomekatz

Posted on 03/12/2011 12:47:45 PM PST by moonshinner_09

Under criticism that it was unfairly targeting undocumented immigrants, the Los Angeles Police Department on Friday announced changes to its rules for impounding cars of unlicensed drivers at sobriety checkpoints.

Previously, LAPD officers at such checkpoints followed stringent protocols that called for them to impound a car whenever the driver was found not to have a valid license, regardless of whether the driver had been drinking.

Those rules have drawn the ire of immigration advocacy groups that said they disproportionately targeted undocumented immigrants, who are not able to obtain licenses legally in nearly all U.S. states. Once a vehicle is impounded, law enforcement agencies often require it to remain locked up for at least a month and charge the owner hefty fees to release it.

The new LAPD guidelines soften the department's stance somewhat. Police will be required to make an attempt to contact the registered owner of the stopped vehicle. If the owner is a licensed driver and can respond to the checkpoint in "a reasonable period of time," the officers will release the car to him or her. If the owner is unlicensed, officers will permit another person who is a licensed driver to take the car.

If no one with a license is available, police will impound a vehicle. In any case, police will issue a citation to the unlicensed driver.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; ca; california; hispandering; illegalaliens; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; immigration; la; sanctuarycity
So the LAPD stops a car driver has no license, no insurance on car, police there have enough time to sit around and wait to see if anybody with a license can show up to drive the car away and still do not require the new driver show proof of insurance. Anybody else will be arrested for driving without a license and for not having proof of insurance.Funny how these immigration advocacy groups have no problems diverting police from away from their other duties.
1 posted on 03/12/2011 12:47:46 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09
If the owner is unlicensed, officers will permit another person who is a licensed driver to take the car.

Car laundering, the next great California industry.

2 posted on 03/12/2011 12:49:53 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: moonshinner_09

Most agencies in TN do that same thing, they let the driver call someone to come get the car or the owner can pay a wrecker to carry it home for them.

Impounding is a last resort.


3 posted on 03/12/2011 12:50:57 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: moonshinner_09

You don’t get arrested if you are Rodney King. You get a citation and get treated like the illegal aliens.


4 posted on 03/12/2011 12:51:06 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: moonshinner_09

Hispanic reparations.


5 posted on 03/12/2011 12:52:49 PM PST by Crim
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To: moonshinner_09
Do you mean that if I don't have a valid license or insurance that I'm not allowed to drive and may have my car impounded? What is this country coming to? I thought that the rule of law has already been suspended.

If it hasn't, give the Kenyan a couple more years...he's working on it.

6 posted on 03/12/2011 12:54:12 PM PST by JPG (May the WI GOP stay united and strong.)
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To: moonshinner_09

...and the citation will be useless because the address provided by the unlicensed driver will be phony, and he’ll never appear in court.


7 posted on 03/12/2011 12:56:47 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: moonshinner_09
Looks to me like this applies only to Sobriety check points the police do at times. It doesn't mention routine stops for other infractions ....

....the Los Angeles Police Department on Friday announced changes to its rules for impounding cars of unlicensed drivers at sobriety checkpoints.

8 posted on 03/12/2011 12:57:55 PM PST by deport
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To: moonshinner_09

Undocumented drivers now - what next?


10 posted on 03/12/2011 1:19:51 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: moonshinner_09
Those rules have drawn the ire of immigration advocacy groups that said they disproportionately targeted undocumented immigrants, who are not able to obtain licenses legally in nearly all U.S. states

It's unfair that they can't drive illegally......they entered illegally..........they work illegally......why can't they drive illegally?

:}

11 posted on 03/12/2011 1:21:48 PM PST by AwesomePossum (I have never looked this forward to a November II........)
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To: moonshinner_09
In the interest of fairness, licensed drivers should have their cars impounded, because they can afford it.

Punish the innocent, reward the guilty.

Anything else is racist.

12 posted on 03/12/2011 1:22:27 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: sbMKE
Undocumented drivers now - what next?

Undocumented Democrat voters?

13 posted on 03/12/2011 1:24:27 PM PST by Citizen X_Area 51 ( Jimmy Carter: Now available in black!)
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To: deport

Good news for gun runners, drug smugglers and drivers in stolen cars too, right?

Since “sobriety” is all they’re allowed to enforce, then all must be allowed to walk (or drive) on non-related offenses.


14 posted on 03/12/2011 1:24:58 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: Citizen X_Area 51

Lol - voter intimidation.

Undocumented Democrat voters disenfranchised.


15 posted on 03/12/2011 1:26:17 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: All

It goes something like this. Most Illegals are not only driving without a License, and insurance. They are usually driving some dilapidated $100 POS that isn’t worth the space it’ll take up at the impound yard. The “owner” will never come to claim it and it’ll sit for months while the authorities process the paperwork to try and sell it at auction to reclaim their costs.

Rest assured whitey will still receive the the full effect’ of the law.


16 posted on 03/12/2011 1:32:09 PM PST by moehoward
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To: John Semmens

(( ping ))


17 posted on 03/12/2011 1:34:50 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: guerito1
"CHP and Sherrif’s Dept will not even attempt to pull over and cite a traffic violator if they believe they are likely to be an illegal immigrant because they cannot impound the vehicle or arrest them."

The last thing an Officer wants [read: Lawsuit ] is an unlicensed driver to get in an accident with an Officer's 5-minute old ticket sticking out of the unlicensed driver's pocket.

18 posted on 03/12/2011 1:35:55 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: moonshinner_09

And the insanity goes on....


19 posted on 03/12/2011 1:36:04 PM PST by onedoug (If)
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To: moonshinner_09
Under criticism that it was unfairly targeting undocumented immigrants

Yeah. How DARE those police officers unfairly target those poor put upon LAWBREAKERS.

I think we ought to get the FBI to lighten up when it comes to bank robbers too.

20 posted on 03/12/2011 1:36:47 PM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: moehoward
Hmm The insurance is issued to the driver for a specific vehicle. Even if a licensed driver shows up the vehical will still be uninsured. Therefor subject to impound.
21 posted on 03/12/2011 1:37:23 PM PST by troy McClure
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To: moonshinner_09

Sobriety checkpoints are evil and unconstitutional anyway. They are against everything America has ever stood for.


22 posted on 03/12/2011 1:37:39 PM PST by microgood
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To: guerito1

No, it’s all about corruption. We are becoming like Mexico.

Our system of law and order in this nation has been shattered and all due to political expediency. There’s no justice because our laws are not enforced equally.

That is key: equal enforcement of laws and equal justice.

Two citizens have died because of traffic accidents involving illegal aliens in my small community here in Washington state. The men were released and fled the state before all evidence of their crimes had even been collected.

Outrage will accumulate at this injustice until eventually the situation explodes.

It used to be foreigner wanted to come here and become a citizen because the police were uncorrupt and could be trusted. That trust toward the police is no longer true for the greater part of the U.S. population.


23 posted on 03/12/2011 1:37:42 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: troy McClure

I don’t know how it’s done these days. In the old says a driver wanting to pick up a car from impound had to go get a release from the the LAPD. They way around this is you are unlicensed is to sign a power of attorney for a friend to pick it up for you. In the case of illegals, chances are their pals have no valid ID either.

As far as insurance. If the owner has it any driver would be covered. There have been lawsuits over damage done by car thieves who have stolen cars owned by uninsured.


24 posted on 03/12/2011 2:14:39 PM PST by moehoward
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To: SatinDoll

I don’t want to be treated like a citizen, just treat me like an illegal alien!


25 posted on 03/12/2011 2:16:43 PM PST by ABN 505
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To: moonshinner_09

well...ya know...it is pretty hard for an m-13 gang member to ply his drug trade with wheels mang....qué demonios !


26 posted on 03/12/2011 2:25:38 PM PST by flat
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


27 posted on 03/12/2011 2:46:01 PM PST by HiJinx (Hey, Officer, like my Dreamcatcher? It's Authentic!)
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To: moonshinner_09

Poor dummy CA slob citizens have to get a license and insurance and are required to smog check their cars every other year to renew their auto registration.

It isn’t nice that illegal aliens never have to bother with all that stuff and not the LAPD is giving them a pat on the head?

Whatta country!


28 posted on 03/12/2011 2:59:37 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Citizen X_Area 51; sbMKE
Undocumented drivers now - what next?

Undocumented Democrat voters?

How 'bout an undocumented POTUS?

29 posted on 03/12/2011 3:01:34 PM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: guerito1

My adult son was stopped recently and found to his surprise, that his California driver’s license was expired. He was lucky that his wife was with him at the time, and that she was listed as one of the registered owners of the vehicle, because the cops told them that absent that fact, they would have to take his vehicle. Both my son and I have been “victimized” by the CA DMV. I too found, when using my DL as identification for a recent purchase, that my license was 15 months beyond it’s expiration. When I renewed, I asked why I had not received a notice in the mail as has always been the case. It turns out that I had applied a couple of years back for a Motorcycle endorsement, but had not taken the required road test. That put my license in limbo and resulted in no notification. Who knew? Looks like the illegals get a pass for being illegal, what a state!


30 posted on 03/12/2011 3:09:33 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: moonshinner_09
Those rules have drawn the ire of immigration advocacy groups that said they disproportionately targeted undocumented immigrants, who are not able to obtain licenses legally in nearly all U.S. states.

It disproportionately targets those who are serial lawbreakers? Cry me a river.

31 posted on 03/12/2011 3:55:12 PM PST by calcowgirl ("Sapere Aude!" --Immanuel Kant)
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To: EGPWS

Illegals drink disproportionately.


32 posted on 03/12/2011 5:10:31 PM PST by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama, then try him for treason. / Homosexuals reject diversity.)
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To: moonshinner_09

What I simply cannot understand is how authorities can justify double standards. Illegals routinely get a pass on things that get the rest of us into real trouble. A few years ago Maricopa County Arizona actually had a seperate DWI/traffic court for minorities, they recieved lesser fines and sentences than at the regular court. The liberal thinking that created that was the belief that due to cultural differences Latinos and Native Americans had more issues with alcohol and therefor should not be held as accountable for their actions. Enough people found out what was going on and put a stop to it. Craziness!!! One of my daughters was rear-ended and the other driver fled the scene, the police that responded said it was likely an illegal and didn’t seem excited that the man hit and ran...the officer told my daughter it was “part of their culture”. Really? Hit and run is part of a culture?


33 posted on 03/12/2011 6:11:53 PM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: HiJinx; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...
LAPD limits impounding of unlicensed drivers' cars

Good move! Next step, providing cars TO unlicensed illegal alien drivers? Helping unlicensed drivers fill their tanks with free gas? Providing free baby seats for "Anchor Babies?" ¡Qué viva Aztlán!

34 posted on 03/14/2011 9:01:56 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (America might survive Obama. But it cannot survive the people who vote for him.)
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