Beating People When They're Down
I think this is a bunch of crap. Seems like Eureka P.D. is hanging out in traffic court. When someone's drivers license is suspended, they follow him and see if he gets in his car. If he does, they stop him and seize his car.
Hey, I don't have a problem with suspending people's licenses, but can't they at least let the guy drive his car home? If he's at the courthouse he's most likely in time limited parking and he can't just leave it there.
I know a lot of these guys go ahead and drive with suspended licenses. They can always catch him driving later.
I guess it's not just in Eureka, either. Today's Santa Rosa Press- Democrat reports on the same thing going on in Sonoma County. At least one difference in the cases they report on is that some of the people they stopped had driven to the courthouse with their licenses already under suspension.
I can see how that would be a legitimate concern of the police and courts, but still, this seems like adding insult to injury.
I'm not an open- borders libertarian, but you have to feel some sympathy for guys who'll likely lose their cars since the impoundment fee will be more than their cars are worth, and likely don't have the money to pay impoundment fees anyway. On top of that, many of these people can't get drivers licenses because of their immigration status. These guys are really stuck.
I don't know what the answer is to dealing with unlicensed drivers but, at least in Eureka, they should let them take their cars home after they get their license suspended.