IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Public Announcement at the Oxnard City Council of the passage of AB 353
WHO: Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective
WHAT: Public announcement of the passage of AB 353, legislation that limits impound and towing policy at the statewide level for unlicensed drivers in California.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 18th, 7pm
WHERE: Oxnard City Council Chambers, 305 West Third Street
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, (805) 328-4763 [805-3-AVISO-3]
On Sunday, October 9th, after mounting community pressure, mobilizations and state-wide organizing against the abuse of the towing and impound policy for unlicensed drivers at police checkpoints, the governor signed into law AB 353. This legislation requires law enforcement, if an unlicensed driver is stopped at a checkpoint, to make a reasonable attempt to release the vehicle to the registered owner of the vehicle if he or she is licensed or a licensed driver authorized by the registered owner. If the registered owner could not be contacted on site, the bill also allows if the vehicle for the registered owner, or a licensed driver authorized by the registered owner, to pick up the vehicle immediately, without having to wait 30 days.
This legislation will go into effect in January 2012, so the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective will announce that we will continue to have direct action protests at the police checkpoints in Oxnard until that date. We plan to monitor the police checkpoints to ensure that the new legislation is being implemented correctly in the next phase of our campaign. We will also begin our local work to have this policy also include stops at general traffic stops, as well as our statewide push for access to drivers’ licenses for all residents. Our community ‘Know Your Rights’ campaign will also continue alongside our work to expose the (In)Secure Communities Program and police-immigration collaboration as part of a campaign that creates a state of fear within our community.