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On July 1, 1983, a new statute takes effect governing the towing of vehicles by law enforcement officers. The old law expires June 30. The new law sets out the procedures officers must follow before or after having a vehicle towed and provides for a hearing before a magistrate for owners who wish to contest the towing.
This bulletin discusses a law passed in 1982 as a result of a concern that allowing motor vehicles to be towed without the opportunity for a quick hearing would be an unconstitutional taking of property without due process of law. Brannon seeks to explain the law and suggests a step-by-step procedures for holding towing hearings.
High winds and tides had worn down the terrain, but human activities had played a great part in the erosion of sand dunes and beaches. Having some control over the latter spurred residents to plan ways to preserve the sandy shores of their island home. Among the efforts: prohibiting vehicles without four weight bearing wheels on beaches; increasing parking spaces to incite pedestrian beach access; and closing certain areas seasonally and year around.