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Serious Traffic Offender Program

SWCCPD ENFORCES THE CHULAVISTA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S

FACTS:

  • More the 50% of all persons driving with a suspended license were convicted of driving under the influence.
  • 33% of drivers with a suspended or revoked license have a criminal record. 85% of those drivers use their vehicle in the commission of a crime
  • 40%of those driving with a suspended driver’s license are repeat offenders. A large majority of unlicensed drivers are also uninsured.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE OR WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE ON CAMPUS OR ANY PUBLIC STREET, ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MAY HAPPEN TO YOU:

  1. CITATION: An officer will issue a misdemeanor citation. The fine will range from $270.00 for an unlicensed driver and up to $5,400 for a suspended driver’s license (depending on the reason for the suspension).
  2. VEHICLE IMPOUND: If the driver of the vehicle has never had a driver’s license, has an expired license, is out of class or has a license suspension for non-driving offenses, an officer may impound the vehicle. The vehicle may be released to a licensed driver after payment of impound and storage fees.
  3. 30 DAY IMPOUND: If the driver of the vehicle has never had a license or has a suspended license and the officer determines the driver has knowledge of the license suspension, the officer may impound the vehicle for 30 days. While impounded, the vehicle will accrue impound and storage fees. A licensed driver may recover the vehicle at the end of 30 days. This law applies even if the driver is not the registered owner of the vehicle.
  4. JAIL: If the driver is a habitual offender, or if the driver has multiple suspensions, the officer may arrest and book the driver into County Jail.