Vehicle Forfeiture Bill Heads
May 15, 2007
Local governments will now have another legal tool to help them
take a vehicle away from potentially dangerous drivers. Monday
the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 145, the Vehicle Forfeiture
Sen. Lesil McGuire (R Anchorage) sponsored SB 145. It grants
municipalities the power to enact ordinances permitting the impoundment
of any vehicle belonging to a driver with $1,000 or more in unpaid
"The Anchorage Police
Department asked the Legislature for this law," said McGuire.
"Now reckless drivers will finally suffer the consequences
for refusing to pay traffic tickets."
Anchorage has more than one thousand drivers on the road with
unpaid tickets totaling $1,000 or more. One of them has racked
up 43 unpaid tickets totaling $9310.
SB 145 now goes to Governor Sarah Palin for her signature.
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