SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A Fullerton lawmaker crossed partisan lines on Friday to throw his support behind a Democratic bill to regulate drunken driving checkpoints.

Assemblyman Chris Norby, a Republican from Fullerton, said he voted for AB1389 because checkpoints are nothing more than “fishing expeditions” that target drivers without licenses.

The legislation, which was approved by the state Assembly on a 51-19 vote, was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Michael Allen of Santa Rosa to ensure cities hold the checkpoints on streets where drunken driving is a problem.

Norby says cities make money by impounding vehicles that often belong to illegal immigrants who can’t get licenses and end up stranded.

The bill would prohibit impoundments if someone picks up the unlicensed driver and the car.

Other Republicans opposed the bill, which now goes to the Senate, saying it restricts law enforcement.

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Comments (7)
  1. ES says:

    That’s how Rizzo made lots of money.

  2. mike says:

    I think the voters of Fullerton need to vote this idiot out of office..

  3. BOBO says:

    He hasn’t been found sleeping on any park benches lately has he? He’s never boring……

  4. Reason says:

    Let the cops impound illegals’ cars! Who do you think commit the majority of the hit and runs? UNLICENSED DRIVERS, that’s who. And that makes everyone else’s insurance rates go up, at the very least. This is an issue of public safety. Licensed drivers pay fees and are held accountable for their driving. Unlicensed drivers are not. This is absolutely absurd.

  5. ts says:

    So….its ok for unlicensed drivers to break the law…..stop using the illegal imigrant issue. Why not just stop breaking the law?

  6. Luis Alvarado says:

    I think Assebly member Norby is doing the right thing. Congrats to him for following his gut in legislating for the people of California. The illegal imigration issue should not play a role in keeping our laws in check. This law is predetory in nature. And the writer of this article is right, Municipalities use it as a revenue collection tool. That being said, I think ANYONE who is stopped legally on a traffice violation and does not have a licence or insurance should suffer the full extent of the law.

  7. Si Se Puede says:

    These is gud nuse. thank you mister Norby. I will pass this along. like a great woman once said ” for the first time , I’m proud of this country.

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