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Old 10-07-2009, 08:04 PM
Location: Maryland
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And the pandering continues. . .

San Francisco is about to get a lot more friendly to unlicensed drivers. After a series of meetings over the last year with immigrants' rights groups and the ACLU, the police are halting their mandatory policy of towing off and impounding cars driven by unlicensed motorists.

The policy change is a big win for undocumented immigrants, since California doesn't issue licenses to people without legal residency. Under the current policy, a routine traffic stop for an undocumented person routinely results in the person losing his or her car, since one must present a license to get the car back. The cars usually end up on the auction block. (We wrote about efforts to change the police's policy here.)

Under the new policy, effective November 1, unlicensed drivers will still be issued a ticket and face a fine. But the unlicensed driver will now be given 20 minutes to get a licensed motorist to drive the car away before the cops call a towing company. If the unlicensed driver doesn't have a cell phone, the San Francisco Police Department's will contact the licensed driver on the unlicensed person's behalf.
One Old Vet SF: No Towing of Cars of ILLEGALS (http://oneoldvet.com/?p=6845#more-6845 - broken link)
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