A new provision being added to a Westchester County bill under consideration that would allow the county to seize vehicles used in drag racing incidents on county roads is going nowhere fast with readers. The overall bill would also permit the county to take vehicles used in drunk driving convictions. The seizure bill would only apply to arrests made by county police on county roads.
A public hearing on the bill will be held next month.
Readers who oppose the bill, as well as two legislators, say that it would target those least able to financially withstand the loss of a vehicle and it would create undue financial hardship.
One reader reacted this way:
Rudy tried this in New York City when he was mayor and it failed to go anywhere. Main reason, it caused undue hardship on other family members who need a car to get around. Same thing willl happen here.
These crimes are not even felonies (except for aggravated DWI), so the government will now seize private property for misdeameanors violations. Why not take jaywalker’s shoes? Why not confiscate cell phones when people talk or text? Why not take your stereo system if you have a loud party and get a noise violation? When will this madness end?
Others were concerned about the enforcement of such a law. One reader wrote:
I’m also uncomfortable with the idea that a cop’s decision regarding which cars to stop might be in any way influenced by their value. It would be naive, to say the least, to believe that an officer who’s anti-DWI work led to the siezure of 10 new BMWs wouldn’t be more loved than the one who got 10 clunkers.
Several readers think it is better to concentrate on harsher penalties for offenders. Here’s one reader’s take:
Stop playing politics and create harsher mandatory sentences for those individuals convicted of such reckless crimes. Puisher the offender, not their family.
However, at least one reader supports the proposed legislation, writing:
I think this is a great idea. if you want do do something illegal be prepared to suffer the consequences no matter how harsh. … If they auction off the cars that they seize they will make the county some more money and won’t have to raise taxes.