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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 19, 2007

New law targets abandoned cars

A new state law goes into effect Sunday, July 22, allowing police agencies to tow vehicles parked on public streets when their registrations are expired by more than 45 days. The revision to RCW 46.55.113 permits police to impound such vehicles immediately, just as in other situations such as the arrest of the driver, parking in restricted zones or obstructing traffic.

This law serves as a tool for Bellevue Police to clear the city’s streets of derelict vehicles. These vehicles can become not only an irritant to drivers and residents, but also a neighborhood eyesore and potentially an environmental hazard. The Department’s parking enforcement officer estimates that 50 percent of active parking complaints meet the criteria for towing.

Vehicles with expired registrations less than 45 days past the expiration date remain unaffected by this law. They may be subject to other laws or ordinances requiring them to be moved every 24 hours. Likewise, the bill does not apply to vehicles on private property.

The Bellevue Police Department is committed to assisting neighborhoods and residents in their beautification efforts by enforcing this law. This is a part of the city’s overall continuing effort to remain green and beautiful.

Residents can report violators online on the Police’s comments, compliments and complaints page

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Officer Seth Tyler
Phone: 425-452-4129
E-mail: bellevuepd@bellevuewa.gov

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