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Rep. Goodman’s DUI impound bill moves on

Post by Katie Schmidt on Jan. 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm with 4 Comments »
January 20, 2011 12:16 pm

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed on a bill this morning that would require a 12-hour impound on cars belonging to people who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Rep. Roger Goodman, the primary sponsor of HB 1017, said the bill would prevent situations where people arrested for driving drunk get their cars back too soon.

Though all 13 members of the committee voted to send the bill on, Rep. Brad Klippert, who works as a patrol officer in Benton County, said he had some reservations about the measure because it requires that the vehicle be impounded in all DUI arrests.

“I know that many times these situations are not black and white and this seems to take all discretion away from law enforcement officers,” Klippert said.

In order to become law, the bill still faces several hurdles; it will need to be passed out of the Rules Committee, receive a majority vote on the House floor and start the process all over again in the Senate.

Senate Bill 5000, a companion bill to HB 1017, was prefiled by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen in December and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. My Question is if you were fond no guilty of a DUI or under the influence of drugs will you get refunded for the impound charge.

  2. DevilDog2019 says:

    I like this and express the same concern as Birds. However I think we would have a more powerful stance on DUI if we changed the flat monetary amount of the fine to a percentage of one’s income. 10% to me is more than fair. If your middle class or lower is a hell of a lot more powerful than $1500. Especially if I make a Million a year, have to give $100,000. I think this can speak volumes.

  3. ShatteraHeart says:

    What about “innocent” until proven guilty? Police and the state want to take peoples’ property that haven’t been convicted of anything! Do citizens still have rights? Police have been able to take property used by “suspected” drug dealers and “suspected” terrorists. The same police agency that takes the property gets proceeds from that property. Can you see the conflict of interest here? These are suspects, not convicts. These practices should be stopped, not increased.

  4. dustyball says:

    A simple secret to reduce your auto insurance Call your insurance agent or the company and let him know you are “Thinking” of moving your policy since it is high, most of the time they reduce the rates check clearance auto insurance website for more tips.

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