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New Law Allows Dallas Police To Tow and Impound Uninsured Cars-Truth!

New Law Allows Dallas Police To Tow and Impound Uninsured Cars-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email that says the city of Dallas, Texas has passed a law that allows the city to tow and impound vehicles that are pulled over for a routine traffic stop if the drivers can not provide proof of automobile insurance.
 

The Truth:

The law is real but not that new.   The City of Dallas, in the Lone Star State, has been towing and impounding vehicles since January 1, 2009 according to their City Hall Web Site.

Ordinance 27189 was passed by the Dallas City Council on May 28, 2008 in “response to the large number of people driving in the City of Dallas without the proper state required auto insurance.”  After January 1, 2009 the law granted  authority to the police officers to tow and impound vehicles that they stop for any alleged violation of city or state law if the owner or operator of the vehicle failed to provide evidence of financial responsibility as required by the Texas Transportation Code.

updated 09/09/11

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