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Utah makes vehicle seizure mandatory for lack of insurance


Techdirt via Bill QuickA new law that went into effect on Jan. 1 changes the wording and adds provisions to a law that has been in effect since 2008 allowing officers to impound a vehicle that isn’t insured. The crucial verb that was changed, raising sides between those in favor and those opposed to the revised law, is the shift from the law previously stating that an officer “may” seize a vehicle without warrant if it’s being operated without insurance to the fact that now an officer “shall” seize said vehicle.

What was once a voluntary mandate applied by officer discretion to those obviously operating outside the law is not a mandatory part of a traffic stop, and will most likely be applied to anyone whose insurance paperwork is even a few days out of date.

This entry was published Wed Jan 28 09:52:45 CST 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-01-25 16:17:03.0. [Tweet]

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