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“No License, No Vehicle, No Exceptions.”
A vehicle that was impounded because the driver did not have a driver’s license, is placed inside a fabricated portable jail cell, hence it is “in-CAR-cerated.” A banner is affixed to the top portion of the jail that reads in English and Spanish: “No License, No Vehicle, No Exceptions.”
Throughout the year the portable jail cell project will be placed at various locations throughout the City of Long Beach, in an attempt to further educate the public as to the ramifications of driving without a valid driver’s license. An information board listing all pertinent project information will be posted by the display.
California Vehicle Code Section 14602.6, states an officer may impound an unlicensed driver’s vehicle. A police department can then hold this vehicle for up to 30 days. People attempting to reclaim their vehicles after the 30-day period will have to pay a substantial fee of approximately $1000.00, which includes tow, daily storage and administrative fees, before it will be released. Last year alone, over 5,400 vehicles were impounded within the City of Long Beach.
Nationally, unlicensed drivers are responsible for 20% of all fatal traffic accidents. It is estimated that approximately 38,000 people drive unlicensed within the City of Long Beach on an average day.
For further information contact the Traffic Section at 562-570-5521.
( in-CAR-ceration Display )
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