Georgia drivers who have been convicted of DUI in the past are in danger of becoming classified as habitual violators. When one is considered to be an habitual DUI offender, police officers can actually seize one’s vehicle. In fact, reports indicate that officers in Harlem are planning to seize vehicles in this fashion from alleged drunk drivers in an effort to set an example for others.
At this time, the Department of Public Safety in Harlem is attempting to seize the first car. Allegedly, the owner of the car led officers on a cross-county chase before he was eventually arrested and charged with his fourth DUI. According to the area’s police chief, the car chase lasted approximately 12 to 14 minutes, during which time the man was allegedly speeding. However, he eventually ran out of gas and was arrested.
The police chief hopes that the vehicle seizure will send a message to deter would-be drunk drivers from violating the law. He says that the vehicle will be sold and whatever is earned from that sale will be used to educate and prevent other drivers from driving while inebriated. The chief said that they might use the proceeds to fund an alcohol education class for teenagers.
Those motorists in Georgia who are convicted of DUI charges might not only lose their cars, but they could lose their driving privileges and be sent to jail as well. However, they will have the ability to defend themselves against the allegations in court in order to try to prevent such legal consequences. Many accused of drunk driving have succeeded in getting their charges dropped completely and/or have bypassed more severe punishments in favor of community service and other alternative programs.
Source: wrdw.com, Harlem Dept. of Public Safety seizing cars from habitual DUI violators, Laura Warren, March 14, 2014