Restrictions placed on California's DUI cops' checkpoint vehicle impound practice, as Governor Brown signs important bill Sunday
California DUI police have been ordered to discontinue impound cars from sober but unlicensed drivers who are stopped at DUI / license checkpoints under legislation signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown.
If a sober driver is caught at a DUI checkpoint without a valid license, law enforcement officers must release the car to a qualified driver representing the registered owner, DUI lawyers report what AB 353 says.
When a legal driver is not readily available the vehicle is to be released to one later at the impound yard, say attorneys.
A number of Latino lawmakers maintained DUI checkpoints were misused by some California cities to unfairly target illegal immigrants who do not have a driver’s license.
Since California cities can hold cars taken from unlicensed drivers for 30 days, the accumulated impound fees can turn out to be more than the car is worth, resulting in some drivers losing their vehicles.
One DUI Lawyer continues to post updates on these actual locations of San Diego California Drunk Driving checkpoint, in hopes of alerting motorists traveling through the areas.