• Oct 6th 2011 at 9:15AM
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Drivers in D.C. could get arrested for clerical errors.... Drivers in D.C. could get arrested for clerical errors. (rjs1322, Flickr)
At least four people have been arrested in Washington, D.C., in the past year for driving through town with expired license plates.

The same violation in most states ends with just a ticket, not time in jail. It's a practice the Midlantic AAA is asking the city to stop.

"We believe that such arrests raise eyebrows and questions," said John Townsend, spokesman for AAA. "Although the D.C. code allows the officer to arrest a driver with an expired tag, it seems draconian."

D.C. law says drivers with expired tags can face a $1,000 fine and be imprisoned for up to 30 days. In nearby Maryland, the fine is a simple $290.

AAA has asked the city council to reconsider the law.

FoxNews.com says one of the arrested folks was Nycci Nellis, a mom of five and food writer. Her registration was three months overdue, the website said, something she said was a mere oversight.

She spent the night in two jail cells according to Fox News, until her husband picked her up six hours after her arrest.

"They didn't make a single dollar off me," she told the web site. "I just don't understand."

The news outlet also says another mom was arrested while her three-year-old was in the back seat of the car and she was on her way to pick up her other child from school.



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Take it up with BO.
      Brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      What do you expect from a place that votes for a crack head for mayor? (Marian Barry.) Jail is for people that ENDANGER OTHER PEOPLE, not for people that try to avoid the pesky (and useless) fees that are imposed. That's what fines are for. The only thing that automobile registration fees go toward, are the salaries of the DMV employees. And people wonder why jails are over crowded. DC is also known as the number one murder city in the US. Make room for those guys, instead.
      • 3 Years Ago
      shame on you AAA, why not get on the side of the law instead of the side of the LAW BREAKERS. "It seems draconian", oh please. Hey I have an Idea, why not let ALL law breakers have a free pass on everything, matter of fact, lets just get rid of all laws because no one wants to follow them anyway.
      BRAVO 2-0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jail is excessive, if not ridiculous. Rapists and murderers are being freed because of overcrowding. Now we're jailing people for expired tags?? Issue a citation similar to an equipment violation. Have a certain time to correct and have an officer sign-off. This is what we've come too. Debtor's Prison is making a comeback, as well. You wait and see.
      • 3 Years Ago
      D.C. is "home" for our Politicians. As one would expect, they cannot even make rational decisions in their own backyard.
      Thamra
      • 3 Years Ago
      The last place I want to visit. I use to drive down close to the area for the company I worked for for 26 years. Sure glad I retired 10 years ago because I would be dead or crazy now if I was still doing it.
      mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Over due plates ,,,then arrest all of our politicians and half the police force ,,,I am sure they never do anything like that LOL sue for all you can get
      bassettgl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they are taking the same approach as los angeles pd. A few years ago lapd impounded my son's car for not having a "current" tag. Thing is, the highway patrol had just given him a fix-it ticket an hour earlier because his registration was current, but his tag had been stolen off the plate. LAPD had his car towed right after the tow truck driver gave the lapd scumbags some little pieces of green paper.
      lesrob60
      • 3 Years Ago
      I register mine every year on time and get this.....I even carry FULL COVERAGE INSURANCE . Driving is a pirivlege last time I looked . Suckitup Slackers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Years ago in Ohio when all of the plates expired on the same day, an officer from the Reynoldsburg Police Dept. would sit in ambush at the license plate office the day after, and issue citations to motorists who were coming in to renew their plates. Isn't that bogus?
      raal246
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they have expired tags..., it is a good chance they have EXPIRED INSURANCE also! So, if they hit you, who pays???
      racurrry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boo hoo, obey the freaking law and you won't get into trouble.
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