So you get out of your car, walk
into the grocery store to pick up the dozen eggs you need to make that
delicious omelette you've been craving all day, and when reach for your wallet
to pay you realize... it's still on your kitchen counter. Sound familiar?
We've all been there. Every couple of months, I'll leave my house and
drive an entire day with my wallet still sitting on the kitchen counter.
And fortunately for us forgetful people, we've been able to explain the
situation to the officer if we got pulled over, and face a minor additional
Denver's Initiative 300 could change
all that. This November, voters in Denver
will decide whether to leave towing and car impound up to the police officer's discretion,
or whether to mandate that all officers impound cars driven by unlicensed
drivers - no matter the circumstances. Forgot your wallet
on the nightstand next to your bed? Doesn't matter. Owner of the
car in the backseat while you drove unlicensed? Doesn't matter. The
officer will have no choice but to impound the car and force the owner to pay
an unreasonable amount (more than $2,700?!!) to get the car back.
Meanwhile, the officer is left waiting for a tow truck and not attending to
more pressing duties - like catching criminals.
It appears as though the backers of
Initiative 300 wish for their ballot measure to curb illegal immigration in
some manner. Should Denver
police officers be playing immigration official with their time? Don't they
have enough real police work to do already? Furthermore, last year Denver voters passed Initiative
100 in order to give police officers precisely the discretion that Initiative
300 wishes to take away!
The Libertarian Party of Colorado
hopes voters in Denver
will continue to allow police officer's to decide what to do when faced with an
unlicensed driver. Here are some resources for more information on the