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No doubt - some brain dead liberal will screech about this.
I guess this puts Texas right up the with MO for being creative....
You Gotta Love
***The City of Dallas, Texas passed an ordinance
Stating that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement
And is not able to provide proof of Insurance, the car is towed.
To retrieve the car after being impounded, they must show
Proof of insurance to have the car released. This has made
It easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars.
Shortly after the "No Insurance" ordinance was passed,
The Dallas impound lots began to fill up and were full
After only nine days.
Over 80% of the impounded cars were driven by illegals.
Now, not only must they provide proof of insurance to
Have their car released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow,
A *$350 fine, and *$20 for every day their car is kept
In the lot.
Guess what?
Accident rates have gone down *47% and Dallas ' solution
Gets uninsured drivers off the road *WITHOUT* making
Them show proof of nationality.
I Wonder how the
Holder's US Justice Department
Will get around this one.
* * * * *
** Just brings tears to your eyes doesn't it? **
*** GO Dallas ***
I can't stop smiling!



And there's this:

Victims of Illegal Aliens Memorial - OJJPAC.org

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Debunked by snopes:


Claim: Uninsured Dallas motorists (80+% of whom are illegal immigrants) are having their cars towed, which has resulted in a 47% reduction of vehicle accidents.








green.gifTRUE: Dallas police may impound vehicles whose drivers fail to provide proof of insurance.

red.gifFALSE: Dallas impound lots were full nine days after this crackdown began.

red.gifFALSE: More than 80% of those impounded cars were driven by illegal immigrants.

red.gifFALSE: Accident rates have gone down 47% since implementation of this ordinance.

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/dallas.asp#fQxRhdrqr7YOLxvI.99


Origins: According to the Texas Department of Insurance, as of August 2012, more than one in four vehicles in Dallas County are uninsured, the highest percentage in any of the state's large urban counties. Since 2009, Dallas has been trying to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on its roads by passing and enforcing an ordinance which authorizes police officers to

impound any vehicle stopped for a traffic violation if the driver cannot furnish proof of insurance.

E-mails on this subject like the ones quoted above began circulating in October 2010. While they reflect some truths about the treatment of uninsured motorists in that city, they also boldly state some outright falsehoods.

Enforcement of the revised Sec 28-4 (Authority to Remove Vehicles) of the Dallas City Code took effect on 1 January 2009. While police officers may use their discretion in applying the law (as some did in January 2009 when the weather in that city was particularly bad), the law authorizes the impoundment of uninsured vehicles and the imposition of fines upon their drivers (up to $350 for the first offense and up to $1,000 for the second offense, with those guilty of multiple offenses who take no action becoming subject to arrest).

The relevant portions of that city's Ordinance 27189 regarding impoundment of uninsured vehicles states:

Sec 28-4 Authority to Remove Vehicles; Redemption; Fees

(a) A police officer is authorized to remove or cause the removal of a vehicle or other property of any description from a street to a place designated by the chief of police when:

(12) The vehicle is stopped by a police officer for an alleged violation of a city or state traffic law or any other law applicable to the operation of a vehicle on the roadway and the vehicle's owner fails to show evidence of financial responsibility as required under Chapter 601 of the Texas Transportation Code, as amended.

(In the above passage, "financial responsibility" equates to "proof of insurance.")

The costs levied against those whose vehicles were so impounded are specified as follows:

( A vehicle removed and towed under this section must be kept at the place designated by the chief of police until application for redemption is made by the owner or the owner's authorized agent, who will be entitled to the possession of the vehicle upon payment of costs of towing, notification, impoundment, and storage. The chief of police shall charge fees for storage of vehicles at city pound locations in accordance with the following regulations:

(6) An impoundment fee of $20, in addition to applicable towage, notification, and storage fees, will be charged for a vehicle that has been removed and towed to a city pound location.

(7) A notification fee of $50, in addition to applicable towage, impoundment, and storage fees, will be charged for a vehicle that has been removed and towed to a city pound location.

Dallas also uses TexasSure, the state's vehicle insurance verification system, which maintains a database containing the names of all insured drivers and the names of their insurers, their license plate registration information, and vehicle identification numbers (VIN). Owners of uninsured vehicles revealed by that database are sent e-mails and letters requiring them to insure their cars.

As for the claims made in the "Way to Go, Texas!" (aka "You Just Have to Love Texas!") e-mails, although Dallas police did have 256 uninsured vehicles towed during the first nine days of the statute's enforcement, that city's impound lots were not full after only nine days. Scott Walton, spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, said that "It never reached even close to capacity after this [law] was implemented."

As for the claim that "80+ % of the impounded cars were driven by illegals," no one is checking on the immigration status of the drivers or owners of impounded cars, so that number was fabricated by whoever penned the e-mail. Texas residents do not have to show they are legally in the country before purchasing vehicle insurance or reclaiming vehicles from city impound lots, and Dallas police don't usually ask motorists they stop for traffic violations to provide proof of legal residency. As spokesman Scott Walton also stated, "We do not check citizenship or the status of immigration when people come to claim their car. I don't know where that (percentage) came from."

Even though proof of insurance must be furnished to get a license renewal or safety inspection, enforcement of the law has been difficult. Millions of motorists skirt the requirement by using counterfeit proof-of-insurance cards or obtaining a month's coverage of insurance to get an ID card, only to cancel the policy once they get their licenses renewed.

As for the e-mail's claim that "Accident rates have gone down 47%" since the implementation of the impound ordinance, according to the Texas Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics, the number of automobile accidents in Dallas went up in 2009, not down (36,932 in 2009, the first year of the impoundment of vehicles ordinance, compared to 35,388 in 2008) and have remained relatively steady since then (35,793 in 2010 and 35,273 in 2011).

Last updated: 21 August 2012

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/dallas.asp#fQxRhdrqr7YOLxvI.99

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you dont see a lot of these,

note the rear brake pedal and shift lever are both on the right side...




same thing in calif



California to Ban Police From Towing Cars of Unlicensed Drivers




Published December 25, 2011

Associated Press







Dec. 16, 2011: Police officers check drivers at a sobriety checkpoint in Escondido, Calif.AP



ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Delfino Aldama was fixing a customer's brakes this month when his smartphone chimed with a text message that tipped him to a police checkpoint more than an hour before officers began stopping motorists. The self-employed auto mechanic frantically called friends with the location and drove an alternate route home.

The Mexico native had reason to be alarmed: He does not have a driver's license because he is in the United States illegally, and it would cost about $1,400 to get his Nissan Frontier pickup back from the towing company. He has breathed a little easier since he began getting blast text messages two years ago from activists who scour streets to find checkpoints as they are being set up.



The cat-and-mouse game ends Jan. 1 when a new law takes effect in California to prohibit police from impounding cars at sobriety checkpoints if a motorist's only offense is being an unlicensed driver. Thousands of cars are towed each year in the state under those circumstances, hitting pocketbooks of illegal immigrants especially hard.



When Aldama's 1992 Honda Civic was towed from a checkpoint years ago, he quit his job frying chickens at a fast-food restaurant because he had no way to make the 40-mile round trip to work. He abandoned the car rather than pay about $1,200 in fees.

"A car is a necessity, it's not a luxury," said the 35-year-old Aldama, who lives in Escondido with his wife, who is a legal resident, and their 5-year-old son, a U.S. citizen.

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, a Los Angeles Democrat who tried unsuccessfully to restore driver licenses to illegal immigrants after California revoked the privilege in 1993, said he introduced the bill to ban towing after learning the notoriously corrupt city of Bell raked in big fees from unlicensed drivers at checkpoints.

A sharp increase in federally funded sobriety checkpoints in California has fueled controversy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration paid for 2,553 checkpoints last year, which authorities say helps explain why deaths caused by drunken drivers dropped to an all-time low in the state.

Police also ask for drivers' licenses at the sobriety checkpoints. Supporters of the vehicle impounds say unlicensed drivers are also a roadside hazard and that the new law is misguided.

"It's a terrible law, really disappointing," said Jim Maher, who sharply expanded checkpoints in Escondido after being named police chief in 2006.

All but three U.S. states -- New Mexico, Utah and Washington -- deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants but controversy over checkpoints has been strongest in California. Cedillo believes that's because a 1995 state law has allowed police to impound vehicles from unlicensed drivers for 30 days, resulting in fees that can easily top $1,000.

Towing practices vary widely across the state. San Francisco allows 20 minutes to find a licensed driver to claim a vehicle at a checkpoint. The Los Angeles Police Department eased rules on 30-day impounds in March.

Checkpoints have divided Escondido, a city of 144,000 people near San Diego whose Latino population has surged in the last 30 years. Latinos moved into aging neighborhoods near downtown as newer subdivisions gradually spread to avocado orchards, vineyards and citrus groves. Nearly half the signs at a big strip mall near City Hall are in Spanish.

Like Hazleton, Pa., and Farmers Branch, Texas, authorities in Escondido have tackled illegal immigration on their own.

In 2006, the City Council voted to require landlords to check tenants' immigration status but a federal judge blocked the ordinance and it never took effect. Last year, Escondido police forged an unusually close alliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has four agents at police headquarters to check the immigration status of people who are questioned at checkpoints or elsewhere.

"It's a never-ending battle," said Concilman Ed Gallo, a New Jersey transplant who blames illegal immigration for overcrowded homes and schools. "We didn't pay attention to it for 25 years and look what happened. It was a long, slow process."

Several residents and a labor union sued Escondido in state court this month to create City Council districts, a bid to increase Latino representation. The lawsuit says the council has pursued "aggressive anti-immigrant policies that have inflamed racial tensions."

Maher (pronounced mah-HAR') said the partnership with ICE is aimed only at rooting out illegal immigrants who commit crimes after arriving in the United States, including being previously deported. Those whose only offense is being in the country illegally won't be bothered by his officers, nor will any crime victims or witnesses.

Police say they have turned over 670 people to ICE for immigration proceedings since the joint effort began in May 2010. Their most common offenses were previous convictions for driving under the influence and drugs, with lower numbers for theft and assault.

"We certainly have enough of our own criminals. We don't need someone else's here," Maher said.

Escondido has impounded more than 3,200 vehicles since 2006, mostly at the federally funded sobriety checkpoints. The city had towed about 1,000 at driver-license-only checkpoints until the American Civil Liberties Union and El Grupo, a Latino advocacy group, threatened a lawsuit in 2009, contending they violated the state vehicle code.

Maher insists he is targeting unlicensed drivers, not illegal immigrants or Latinos.

Six towing companies each pay the city $75,000 a year to take turns at checkpoints, keeping impound fees for themselves. About one-third of the cars towed are believed to be abandoned, allowing the towing companies to auction them.

"It was kind of like letting them steal cars," said Olga Diaz, the only Hispanic on the City Council.

Websites that have sprung up in the last two years quickly alert motorists to checkpoints through social media networks and smartphones, severely undermining their effectiveness. A few years ago, Escondido police impounded 50 or 60 vehicles a night. Now they typically get about 20.

One of the final checkpoints before the new law takes effect was one of the slowest in memory for many of the 15 officers who stood under bright lights and encountered a December chill. Activists waved signs several blocks away, giving motorist an opportunity to turn away. Police impounded six vehicles -- three for driving without a license and three for driving under the influence.

Aldama, who paid a smuggler $1,300 to lead him through the mountains east of San Diego on a weeklong trek 13 years ago, was able to reach all his friends before the checkpoint began. One he didn't call had his 1997 Ford Explorer towed at an Escondido checkpoint a few weeks earlier. The unemployed construction worker surrendered the SUV to the towing company because he couldn't afford the fees.

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