Impound Ordinance Could Be Costly For Uninsured Drivers

POSTED: Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:22am

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 12:57am

Under a new city ordinance, Police have the authority to impound any car whose driver can't show proof of insurance.

We did some research to find out how much this process would cost someone who was pulled over.

The fine for not having insurance will cost you $275. If Police decide to impound your car, you'll be charged a $50 towing fee. It'll be another $65 for the impound fee. Add it all up and you're looking at a nearly $400 bill.

90 days from now, the new ordinance will go into effect.

The new law applies to everybody who drives in the City of El Paso, even if you have an out-of-state license plate.

Police estimate around 40,000 El Pasoans drive without insurance.

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What about the Vehicles comming accross the border from Mexico, whats fair is fair, are they going to impound them too without having to check with the Mexican counsulate first?When EL Paso drivers get in an accicdent with a vehicle from Mexico they are SOL because the Mexico vehicles do not have to show insurance to come over to the US side.Again, whats fair is fair are they going to impound those too and what about members of the city government who drive without insurance, them too?

What about the smoking vehicles from Mexico, they should not even be on the roads in the US because they pollute.

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