A Montgomery County community wants to be the first in the Philadelphia suburbs to get tough on drivers who are out on the roads but don’t have the proper paperwork.
KYW’s Brad Segall reports that in 2008, Upper Moreland, Pa. police stopped 700 cars for license or registration violations. The driver would be handed a ticket and sent on his way, but police chief Thomas Nestel says that’s not enough and an accident involving an insured driver who was rear-ended by a driver who shouldn’t have been on the road prompted his to look at Live Stop:
“And the mother of the girl said, ‘what penalty is he going to face?’ and I said ‘he’s going to get a ticket’ and she said you know my insurance company is paying for his driving without the required registration and license.”
The program would allow police to tow the vehicles of people driving without registration or a license on site and they wouldn’t be able to get the car back until they cleared up any violations.
Philadelphia’s Live Stop program has taken 250,000 cars off the streets in ten years.