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Another city considers ordinance on uninsured drivers

Add another North Alabama city to the growing list now looking to wipe drivers off the streets who are breaking the law.

The city of Madison is considering an ordinance that would let them impound cars driven by unlicensed drivers, but they're not the only city taking action.  

Huntsville's considering it, Decatur city leaders support it, and places like Albertville already have it on the books. They say it helps them take dangerous drivers off the road, some of which are also illegal immigrants.

Unlicensed, uninsured, some of them drive along side you everyday--some of them, irresponsible citizens breaking the rules of the road.

But as many as 50 percent of them in some North Alabama cities are illegal immigrants with no documentation.

Now, Madison city leaders join a growing list of others in North Alabama, looking for a way to crack down on both.  

If their proposal passes, it will be similar to what Athens Police will start enforcing in August.  

"Anyone that gets stopped with no license, we'll impound their vehicle," said Capt. Marty Bruce.

Bruce expects the enforcement to bring everyone in line with the laws.   

"There will be a lot of illegal immigrants getting cited because they already are but there's also a pretty good number of legal residents whose license are suspended," he said. 

Enter Huntsville, examining their own ideas on how to make streets safer.

It's something they attribute to a growing immigrant population.

"In 2005 we had our, saw our largest number of traffic fatalities here locally and a large percentage in that either had Hispanic victims or Hispanic offenders as drivers," said Rex Reynolds, Dept. of Public Safety for Huntsville.   

"I suggest it's not racial profiling, it's not targeting, it's simply responding to the huge increase in a number of Hispanic drivers in the Huntsville-Madison County area," he said. 

Madison Mayor Sandy Kirkindall says the city council could take action during the next council meeting and, Decatur officials tell us the mayor and a city council member are also in favor of a similar ordinance.            

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