A Republican lawmaker from Wisconsin has introduced a bill that would impound vehicles if the operator is found to be driving without a valid license.
Law Would Require Police To Immediate Impound Vehicle
The new law would require police to immediately impound a vehicle if the driver does not have a valid license. The length of the impoundment would be determined by a judge. If the driver fails to claim the vehicle and pay all fines and fees within 30 days, it could be sold. The bill would make an exception for drivers whose licenses expired within the last six months so long as they have no previous charges of operating a vehicle without a valid license.
Critics Say Law Unfairly Targets Poor People
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, who introduced the new law, claims that the bill will keep dangerous drivers who have lost their licenses from getting back behind the wheel and harming innocent motorists. However, opponents of the law say that it unfairly targets lower-income people, making it harder for them to get to work or job interviews.
Last year Wisconsin issued 114,117 for driving without a valid license. 57% of the people in Wisconsin who lost their license did so because they could not afford to pay a traffic ticket.