Saturday, March 12, 2011

Under the new LAPD policy, California drivers who do not have licenses or insurance will be allowed to call a legal driver to get car unless DUI

Unfairly impounding cars of sober Latinos without licenses or insurance has led to tonight's new California DUI checkpoint on Manchester Avenue under the Harbor (110) Freeway overpass.

DUI Police in California routinely issue warning announcements in advance, including the location, in order to encourage less DUI driving.

Under the new LAPD policy, drivers of vehicles who do not have licenses or insurance will be allowed to call a legal driver to retrieve the vehicle, rather then towing the wheels to an impound yard where storage and tow fees quickly amass.

1,000's of cars get auctioned off in California annually, leaving already-poor families without transport.

Latino groups have protested that legal and illegal immigrants are particularly hard-hit by such policies, because they cannot afford to reclaim their transport.

DUI arrestees' cars, or by persons whose licenses have been suspended for drunk driving, will be towed and impounded, attorneys warn.

MADD criticized any interruption of drunk driving checkpoints in California, lawyers shrugged.

One immigrant rights group claims it disrupted a drunk driving checkpoint on a rainy Feb. 20 by waving handmade warning signs on nearby streets.

Immigrants challenged DUI checkpoints because car owners were unable to retrieve Gochez argued that suspected California drunk drivers were able to recover their vehicles within a couple days while those cited for having no license, or an invalid one, cannot afford to pay impound, towing or storage fees, which are about $1,000.