photo - lady justice in profileGuiding Principles for Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions

Consider Public Safety Issues
Because many convicted DWI offenders whose licenses are suspended or revoked will continue to drive anyway, impounding or otherwise immobilizing an offender’s vehicle may be considered in the interest of public safety to prevent the offender from driving while impaired.

Consider Costs
Consider the offender’s ability to pay the costs of impoundment. If ability to pay is an issue, consider whether a club or parking boot should be ordered as an alternative means of immobilizing the offender’s vehicle.

Consider Whether Less Drastic Sanction May Be Effective
Instead of requiring impoundment of an offender’s vehicle, consider whether requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device might be an effective sanction.