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Immigration groups praise LAPD's impound policy at DUI checkpoints

Immigration groups are praising the LAPD's new vehicle impound policy at DUI checkpoints, but they say more needs to be done.

March 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Immigration groups are praising the Los Angeles Police Department's new vehicle impound policy at DUI checkpoints, but they say more needs to be done.

Members of the Southern California Immigration Coalition met with Chief Charlie Beck on Monday to discuss the policy change.

Previously, officers would automatically impound the cars of unlicensed drivers at DUI checkpoints, even if they hadn't been drinking.

Critics said the policy unfairly punished undocumented immigrants who can't get licenses. The new policy allows another licensed driver to pick up the car before it's impounded.

Beck called the change "the right thing to do." There's no word if the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is considering a similar policy change.


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