Drive Drunk, Lose Your Car

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Payson Police hope a new law will drastically help cut down on drunken driving and other criminal behavior.

Your vehicle can be taken away from you on the spot and impounded for 30 days, if police or any law enforcement agent catches you and cites you for:

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Dean Faust, Payson police sergeant

  • Extreme DUI (blood alcohol content of .15 or above);
  • Aggravated DUI; or
  • Underage DUI.

"Right now, some of these people are working on luck," said Payson Police Sergeant Dean Faust. "They're driving on a suspended license, driving drunk and some get away with it. But now their car could be impounded, and at the end of 30 days, it will cost them about $700 to get it back."

"There are a lot of people in Payson who have had their driver's license revoked for a variety of reasons, and some are still driving on them.

"This is really a blessing, to get some of these people off the streets," he added.

A major portion of the law actually went into effect back in August. It states a peace officer can also impound a vehicle if the officer stops the person for:

  • Driving on a revoked driver's license;
  • Driving with a suspended license due to a DUI conviction;
  • Driving with a suspended license, if the suspension was due to an accumulation of points against the license; and
  • Driving while suspended, based on a previous conviction of driving suspended.

Faust said this law allows officers to take away a criminal's means of transportation, making it difficult for them to participate in criminal activity.

"I expect to see a lot of vehicles this first month. I think there will be a decrease in cars being impounded after people find out about the law," said Faust.

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