Denver Rejects Vehicle Impound Law
Denver Votes on Vehicle Impound Law
If you live in Denver, don't forget to vote today and oppose the vehicle impound initiative mandating police seize your vehicle if you are stopped and don't have a valid driver's license.
Aimed at undocumented residents (referred to as illegal aliens in the initiative), it has a far greater reach. Here's the text on Initiative 300. [More...]
What if you left your wallet at home? Unless you have have "convincing corroborating identification," proof of insurance and a valid driver's license of record, your car will be impounded. If you have these things with you, you will get a summons and have ten days to bring your license to court. If you miss the ten days, your vehicle will be ordered impounded.
What if your license is expired? It gets impounded and you have 20 days to get it renewed. If your vehicle is impounded, you will have 30 days to post a $2,500. bond (and pay a $200.00 impound fee) to get it released. The city keeps the bond for a year, and if an unlicensed driver is found to operate your car, you lose the car and the bond.
Whose idea was this? Some guy named Daniel Hayes, who opposes undocumented residents and doesn't even live in Denver.
The Denver City Council has passed a resolution urging voters to reject it. For one thing, it will cost $1.6 million a year to enforce. Even the Mayor, police chiefs and county sheriffs oppose it. If you live in Denver, you need to vote. Vote No on Initiative 300.
Ethics Watch has followed Hayes' failed attempts to get the initiative on the ballot in Aurora and Lakewood. He spends thousands of dollars getting people to gather signatures.
It only took 3,472 signatures to make the Denver ballot. (Ruling here.)Given the probable low turnout for this election, it's important to get the word out. If you have a mail-in ballot but forgot to send it in, you can still drop it off today at the County Clerk's office or vote in person at your designated voting place.
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