Monday, October 26, 2009

San Francisco's Version of Frankenstein Government Renders Existing Laws Useless

California passes a law that requires people to have a driver's license. Not unheard of. The law is already hard to enforce because you must speak Spanish to glean any useful information while enforcing it. Californians don't want to look politically incorrect while enforcing it on the single biggest group of offenders, illegal aliens. Who because they are illegal aliens, are not supposed to have drivers licenses-sort of. Now the City of San Francisco probably can't repeal state law. So instead, they pass a law of their own. This has the net effect of watering down existing state law to the extent that the state law becomes essentially un-enforceable. Rendered useless. Good deal for illegal aliens and a SF Mayor who want a sympathetic vote from legal aliens and naturalized citizens in the upcoming Governor's race. Bad deal for citizens who are getting injured and killed, paying cops to do a job twice, (first the ticket, then the failure to appear warrant) and spreading the already ridiculously high insurance freight onto the legal motorists of California.

Do you really think a cop is going to stand by-waiting for 20 minutes while an illegal alien arranges a pick up? It takes me more than 20 minutes to get over the bridge. A wink and a nod, adios muchacho. That's how that stuff is gonna get settled. Trust me, I've been there done that.

Sweet. Frankenstein government, San Francisco style...excerpted...

But as The Chronicle's Phil Matier and Andrew Ross reported Monday, San Francisco has a new policy starting on Nov. 1 that prevents city cops from automatically impounding cars driven by giving never-licensed drivers 20 minutes to find someone with a valid license to drive their car. Only if an unlicensed driver is caught again within six months, is there an automatic 30-day impound, which can cost around $2,500.

So otherwise law-abiding residents now refers to people who only violate federal immigration law and the state law that requires that drivers have valid licenses. (And auto insurance.)

Consider it a sop to the pro-illegal immigrant lobby, which has been angered by the Newsom decision to allow SFPD to notify federal immigration officials when illegal immigrant juveniles are arrested on felony charges. After all, Newsom is running for governor.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety updated its study of fatal accidents last year and found that from 2001 through 2005, 20 percent of fatal car crashes involved one or more unlicensed or improperly licensed drivers. In California, 29 percent of fatal crashes involved an unlicensed or invalidly licensed driver. Now, 1,964 those drivers had their licenses suspended or revoked, but 1,802 were simply unlicensed, while 1,200 were unknown - which often means they fled the scene. Those folks should not have been behind the wheel.

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