Violate the law and your car may be impounded
On Jan. 1 the Susanville Police Department began a new program to make the citizens of Susanville safer and combat the effects of drive drunk and unlicensed drivers, said Sgt. Tom Downing.
The SPD received a traffic safety grant from the California Office for Traffic Safety. The program is coined the Vehicle Impound Program by OTS and seeks to take DUI drivers and suspended/revoked drivers off the street.
The impetus behind the program is to reduce traffic crashes involving drivers with suspended or revoked licenses. Utilizing overtime funds and the funding of one full-time police officer, the SPD will conduct DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints and special enforcement operations targeting those who continue to drive with a suspended or revoked license.
Officer Alan Inman has been chosen as the traffic officer and according to Downing, has been aggressively working on the goals and objectives of this program.
“A hot sheet program will be implemented to notify patrol and traffic officers to be on the lookout for identified repeat DUI offenders with suspended or revoked licenses as a result of DUI convictions,” Downing said.
“This will make repeat offenders more visible to patrol staff. Stakeout operations will be employed to observe the worst of the worst repeat DUI offenders, probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses.
Additionally, court sting operations will be conducted to cite individuals driving to and from court after having their licenses suspended or revoked.”
Anyone who has had a license suspended or revoked for any reason and chooses to drive can have his vehicle impounded.
Besides taking vehicles away from repeat offenders for 30 days, the program is designed to increase public awareness, thus enhancing the overall deterrent effect.
“As we all know, if someone believes they have a good probability of getting caught when breaking the law, they are more likely to not engage in such activity,” said Downing.
“Those who keep driving after having their license suspended or revoked, especially after a DUI conviction, are a growing menace on our streets,“ said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy.
“This program will target those who disregard the law and the safety of others.”
Questions or comments about this new program can be directed to Downing at 257-5603.
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