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I wrote a story for this week’s edition of Vida about police agencies’ towing policies regarding unlicensed drivers. Here in Fresno, the police will not tow the car of an unlicensed driver if the person was not cited for the same offense in the past six months.

But in many cities across the Valley and state, unlicensed drivers’ cars could be towed and impounded for up to 30 days, costing drivers about $2,000. That cost becomes a financial hardship for undocumented immigrants, who are not able to obtain state drivers licenses.

This issue – which was described to me as an immigration issue at the local level – seems to be gaining attention across the state and country. As Fresno activists work to encourage other Valley cities to alter their policies, national media are also spotlighting the problem.

This weekend, the New York Times published the story, “Sobriety Checkpoints Catch Unlicensed Drivers,” by Ryan Gabrielson, a fellow with the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkley. And the PBS NewsHour aired the program, “DUI Checkpoints Meet Rising Skepticism.”

I encourage you to check out the local and national reports on this issue. And then tell me… what is your opinion??

Written by Rebecca Plevin

February 16th, 2010 at 11:35 am

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