Calling for State Legislation on Vehicular Crime
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 13, 2017 at 2:19 PM
This week, I submitted a resolution requesting the State Legislative Program offer support and sponsorship for legislation that would enable local jurisdictions to impound, seize, auction or destroy vehicles involved in serious hit-and-run crimes, street racing, exhibitions of speed or reckless driving. Any official position of the City of Los Angeles. Crimes involving vehicles, such as hit-and-run collisions, illegal street racing and demonstrations of speed, continue to be serious issues in the City of Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles has tried various methods to increase enforcement efforts and deter illegal behavior by drivers. These efforts include increased operations by the Police Department (LAPD) targeting street racing rings and a standing hit-and-run reward system to encourage individuals to report information on hit-and-run perpetrators.
Despite these efforts, hit-and-runs, street racing and other illegal activities continue to occur, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries in the City every year.
Under current State law, local jurisdictions are preempted from enacting laws stricter than the State's regulation of vehicles involved in criminal activity, specifically with regard to impoundment or the seizure and forfeiture of vehicles involved in criminal activity.
The City of Los Angeles needs the ability to implement regulations that would enable the City to impound, seize, auction or destroy vehicles involved in serious hit-and-run crimes, street racing, exhibitions of speed or reckless driving. This type of legislation would ensure that drivers who engage in behavior that endangers the lives of others do not retain their vehicles if caught and convicted, and would serve as an effective deterrent against these crimes.
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