Baton Rouge House Committee Approves Bill Restricting Towing for Some First-time Minor Offenses

May 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Headline News

The House Committee of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, decided Tuesday, May 4, that police officers should not be allowed to tow a vehicle stopped for a first-time traffic offense or lack of proof of insurance, according to a news report.

The Committee on Transportation and public works gave unanimous support to Senate Bill 617 by Sen. Joe McPherson, d-Woodworth, the report states. The bill has already passed the Senate.

The bill allows officers to tow vehicles for a second violation or second insurance law violation. The panel also amended the bill to authorize police to tow vehicles involved in crimes, when there is “evidentiary value” in a criminal case or when the motorist is driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to the report.

Usually, officials said, if a driver cannot show proof of auto insurance the officer can take the license plate tag from the vehicle and give the driver three days to get insurance or provide proof of insurance to get the tag back, the report states. A temporary tag is issued for the three days.

The bill now goes to the full House for debate and will return to the Senate for approval of any House changes. If the bill is passed and signed into law by the governor, it would go into effect on Aug. 15.