AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin’s Public Safety Commission Monday expanded on a recommendation made in a recently-released draft report aimed at reducing traffic fatalities by suggesting police who pull over drivers with suspended or no licenses immediately impound those drivers’ vehicles.
The resolution has the support of senior Police staff and was put forth by Commissioner Mike Levy. Levy cited Austin Municipal Court records that show thousands of suspended driver cases before the courts last year. 2015 was also the year Austin Police responded to 102 traffic fatalities, 32 of which involved a driver whose license had been suspended for revoked, police confirmed to KXAN.
Austin’s year-old Vision Zero Task Force – a group of law enforcement, transportation, pedestrian and cycling advocates released its draft report last month to generate further public debate. The Task Force’s final recommendations will go to full Council in May. In April, Austin’s Mobility Committee will get another look at the report with an eye to boiling down recommendations to a top few, Transportation Department planners confirmed Monday.
The draft recommendation relating to suspended drivers reads:Currently Austin Police policy allows officers to cite and release suspended drivers who have up to two convictions. Driving with a suspended license, first offense is a Class C misdemeanor, a second offense is a Class B misdemeanor.