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interesting -"Only cars that belong to the driver" (archive)

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Posted by can be taken (eom) RichardP on January 14, 2000 at 16:52:39:

In Reply to: Drive in NYC? Now they can take your car w/o DUI posted by Rachel on January 14, 2000 at 16:33:55:

: NY Post, Jan 14, see link below

: NOW HE'LL TAKE RECKLESS
: DRIVERS' CARS, TOO
: By KIRSTEN DANIS

: Road hogs
: who speed, dodge and weave
: through traffic better let up on the
: lead foot -- or risk losing their
: cars, Mayor Giuliani said
: yesterday.
: Starting next week, cops will
: seize the vehicles of anyone
: charged with misdemeanor
: reckless driving, expanding a
: controversial program that until
: now targeted only drunken
: drivers, Giuliani announced in his
: State of the City address.
: "We're going to use what works
: so well with drunk driving, with
: aggressive driving. We're going to
: take your automobile from you,"
: the mayor said. "It'll remind you
: that this is important. This kills
: people."
: The city has confiscated 1,504
: vehicles from drunken drivers
: since the program began in
: February.
: The number of people killed in
: accidents rose 10 percent overall
: last year -- even though
: drunken-driving fatalities fell 14
: percent.
: Cops will now come down hard
: on anyone caught going twice the
: speed limit or committing three or
: more "hazardous violations in one
: incident," Police Commissioner
: Howard Safir said later.
: The New York Civil Liberties
: Union, which sued the city over
: the drunken-driving confiscations,
: may take up the cause again,
: executive director Norman Siegel
: said.
: "You don't seize someone's
: property prior to their day in
: court. It violates due process," he
: said.
: The policy -- based on a highly
: criticized law that allows seizure
: of property used in drug deals --
: has been upheld by two courts.
: The Court of Appeals is deciding
: whether to hear the NYCLU's
: argument against the
: drunken-driving seizures.
: Only cars that belong to the
: driver -- not to relatives and
: friends, leasing agencies or rental
: companies -- can be seized.
: Only 141 people were charged
: with misdemeanor reckless
: driving last year -- mostly
: because cops rarely apply the
: vaguely written law, which
: forbids drivers to "unreasonably
: interfere or endanger" public
: roads.
: That number could go up now
: that cops have been told to
: "strictly enforce" the law.




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