Driving with suspended license top crime in Menlo Park, many lose cars

Number 27148
Subject Driving
Source KQED Radio (San Francisco)
State
Year 2015
Publication Date June 17, 2015, August 5, 2015
Summary The story shows that the majority of drivers cited for driving with a suspended license in Menlo Park, California are Latino or African American. Most of these citations resulted in the driver's vehicle being impounded for the statutory 30 day period. Many of the drivers affected had their licenses suspended not because of safety concerns such as DUIs, but because of other reasons, such as not paying for two minor traffic tickets and failing to show up in court. More than half of the drivers, according to towers, never retrieve their cars from impound lots, which is very likely due to the steep cost of retrieving the vehicles, which sometimes is worth more than the car. The story explores whether the punishment of losing a car fits the original violation.
Category Philip Meyer Contest entry
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Keywords suspended; license; latino; african american; racial disparities; Philip Meyer entry
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