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Mountain View is allowing Unlicensed Drivers to drive on our streets

Original post made by Bach Schuster, Old Mountain View, on Feb 8, 2011

On January 7 2011 the Mountain View City Attorney ordered the Mountain View Police Department to ALLOW UNLICENSED DRIVERS to operate their vehicles on the streets and highways of Mountain View!
Why is this being done??? This poses an immediate public safety threat to all citizens who live in, drive in, bicycle or walk within the city limits of Mountain View!
Why is the City Attorney ordering our City Police Department to not perform their sworn duties and enforce the Safe Street Act of 1995 that the California Legislature passed in order to remove unlicensed, therefore untrained and in most instances uninsured drivers from the highways and streets of California?
The Mountain View City Attorney does not have the authority to order our City Police to not enforce State Law. But she is doing this very thing, and endangering the general public of Mountain View.
This in spite of the fact that back in 1994 the California Legislature, after extensive fact finding, determined that:
1. A driver that continues to drive with a suspended drivers license is FOUR times as likely to be involved in a fatal accident than a licensed driver;
2. At any given time within the State of california, more than 720,000 drivers licenses have been suspended or revoked:
3. That of all drivers involved in fatal accidents, more than 20 percent involved unlicensed drivers;
4. At any given time within the State of California, over 1,000,000 (yes that is ONE MILLION!) people are driving without ever having been licensed!
Due to these outrageous statistice, and their concern for the public's safety, the California Legislature authorized Law Enforcement to promptly remove any and all unlicensed driver's vehicles from our public streets and highways by enacting the Safe Streets Act of 1994, in which Law Enforcement would order the unlicensed drivers vehicle to be impounded until the driver could become trained and aquire a drivers license.
Despite how well this law was working, the Mountain View City Attorney has now stopped our police officers in Mountain View from doing their jobs of making our streets safer.
We must reverse this outrageous act of the City Attorney of Mountain View and allow our police department to once again do their jobs and enforce the Safe Streets Act of 1994 to ensure the general publics safety.
Please find out why the City Attorney is doing this, and help shed some light upon her grandstanding way, in which she is directly endangering public safety. Thank-you very much.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I'd definitely like to know if this is true.

Well, at least they won't have to be insured if they are unlicensed. If I get hit by an unlicensed driver in town, I will be sure to sue the city for negligence.

However, if you are a white male or female and get pulled over in Mountain View, you can be assured all your documents will be inspected and a ticket written if they are not in order.

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Posted by Porsche Driver
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm

This might explain why Caltrain and VTA don't have enough riders.

It's definitely cheaper to drive without a license, insurance and registration than to deal with all those hassles! And I'm sure the cars being driven are 100% safe and non-gross polluters having all passed the smog test!

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Posted by Daniel DeBolt
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Feb 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.

This person's assertion is completely false according to a conversation I just had with city attorney Jannie Quinn. Watch for a story on this later today. The city is revising its policies on when to tow a vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver, but the city's police officers are definitely not allowing unlicensed drivers to drive away after being pulled over by police, Quinn said.

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Posted by Hello
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Is a law a law? So why is it not ok for our homeless to steal food? They need to eat, it would at least not kill someone. Maybe we can all have one law we can break? I pick taxes! This is some good teaching for the Children.

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Posted by "Just Think About It"
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm

It is very obvious that the majority of the residents do not support the Mountain View City Attorneys decision to make a decision that goes against State Law and endangers the cities residents. Why can't the City Council demonstrate some backbone, apply pressure on or fire the City Attorney? I was under the belief that our City Council represneted the wishes of the majority of the residents. I do not wish anyone getting injured but if they do I hope the sue the city and council members for not doing their duty.

"Just Think About It"

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Posted by Bill Biddle
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

First of all, the original assertion is a lie. If you check with the city attorney's office, you can get the facts.

Second, it's dishonest and disgraceful to pretend the concern is about driving licenses, when it is pretty clear the real objection is to Hispanic immigrants.

If you think there are too many Hispanics in California, then perhaps (your ancestors) shouldn't have taken the land from Mexico.

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