Law needs more teeth regarding those driving with suspended or revoked license
I am amazed at the number of times I read articles about folks being stopped for some violation only to find they are charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license. Several thoughts come to mind as I digest the gravity of the issues of people driving cars and trucks, even though they have no valid license.
First, it is obviously not the first time they have been stopped. It is a rare occasion that you lose your license the first time you are pulled over and given a ticket, so multiple tickets or violations have occurred to be in that position.
Second, I was under the impression that most insurance companies are notified when one of their clients gets a ticket with points. Certainly, you would think they would be notified by the DMV that a person’s driving privileges have been revoked. So is it safe to assume these illegal drivers are also not covered by insurance?
Third, many times a bust for drugs or impaired driving due to alcohol is often involved. The arresting officer has either detected obvious impairment, smelled marijuana recently burned or seen obvious signs of other drug use that prompts a search of the vehicle and inhabitants. What is increasingly clear is these people have no regard for the law. They continue to drive, often under the influence and jeopardize the safety and well-being of innocent people.
What if when someone is caught driving on a suspended license, the police then impound the car pending complete payment of all court costs and fees and costs of the tickets incurred? By the way, the financial penalty for driving on a suspended or revoked license should be extreme. If the driver is also busted for drugs or DWI/ DUI, then impound the car permanently, to be put up for auction.
A slap on the hand is nothing if the offenders get the cars back as soon as the police are gone. They are back in the car as if nothing had ever gone wrong. What would be the words said to someone who may have lost a loved one because of another driving without a license that may cause a serious accident driving under the influence as many of these cases indicate?
It is time to make the consequences costly and serious for those who drive on suspended or revoked licenses. It might make an individual think twice about letting someone with a suspended or revoked license if they knew the cost of being apprehended would mean the loss of the car, even for a period of time. It is time to put action and consequences that carry weight appropriate for the offense of driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Russ Dobson, Lexington Park