Too aggressive? WECT investigates town's towing policy

TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) - It's expensive to get towed.

That's one reason why the aggressive towing policy in the town of Tabor City has prompted complaints. Most local law enforcement agencies tell us they will give you a ticket if they catch you driving without a license or insurance. But those same offenses will get you towed in Tabor City.

Tabor City Police say if people have their driver's license suspended, there's usually a good reason why, and if they are driving without insurance they are a hazard to everyone else on the road. Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless says letting drivers like that off with a ticket and a promise to get another licensed driver to move the car doesn't go far enough to keep our roads safe.
"If you leave, when you go back, the car is gone. There's no way that someone could have come. The same way if you leave the car by the side of the road with no insurance. By the time you drive off, they will jump in that vehicle, do a U turn, and they're out of sight and diving down the road somewhere in the county," Dowless said of some drivers lack of concern for obeying the law.

But is it legal to tow people for this? Especially considering how unusual Tabor City's towing policy is? We'll take a look at that question, coming up TONIGHT in a special report on WECT News at 11.

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