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SANTA FE – Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber has proposed an ordinance that would repeal the city’s vehicle forfeiture ordinance – used to seize cars from people charged with driving drunk – that has already been struck down in court.
The mayor’s proposed ordinance also says, “Any proceeds remaining from the administration of the Vehicle Forfeiture Act … shall be used for driving while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement, and substance abuse treatment, prevention and education.”
That’s a noble cause, but the state Forfeiture Act has long had other ideas about money from vehicle seizures. It says, “Forfeited currency and all proceeds of the sale of forfeited or abandoned property shall be distributed by the state treasurer … .”