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Some are asking if the new law is going to remain legal. District attorneys call it a powerful new tool: taking away your car for a year.
Beginning this month, repeat DUI offenders can have their car taken away. Lawyers and even those hauling off the cars wonder why the state adopted this new law. Drink and drive and you face some serious consequences.
Steve Kurz has seen it all as a tow operator. But, with a new law on DUI, he'll start hauling off cars of drunk drivers, likely costing his company money.
Gene Richardson, Arrow Tow President says, "To get the accidents and other stuff you can make money on, you have to agree to take the loss on the other stuff 'cause that's the way the game's played."
Richardson says his company loses money on impounded cars. One out of three is never claimed and sold for very little money at auction, costing him money.
Attorney Les Hulnick anticipates the new law will be tested in appellate courts to see if it's constitutional. He does not advocate drinking and driving, but says impounding a person's car could be a hardship on an entire family, not just the DUI suspect.
Hulnick says, "With no mass transit system, you're in trouble without wheels in Wichita, Kansas."
Tow drivers and operators say the new law might well help curb drinking and driving. But, with one in three impounded car owners not paying up, it could cost them big money over the long haul.
Some critics say the law is too severe. Law officers and some judges are calling the new law a way to keep our roads safe.