Roam towing is ridiculous

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 28, 2003 at 10:29 p.m.

I see a connection between two recent news stories.

People here wonder why the rest of Florida, reflected by the Legislature, seems to have a grudge against Gainesville and the University of Florida. I suggest that the No. 3 reason on the list is roam towing, since its effect falls principally upon students.

The fine, and additional punishment of having your car impounded, are all out of proportion to the "crime." Persons who are not law enforcement officers are charging, trying, convicting and punishing drivers who allegedly commit trespass.

The for-profit businesses that enforce this law have an interest in making their signs as inconspicuous as possible. If you don't have about $100 cash (and a ride) to get your car out immediately, the storage fees add up at a rate (higher than parking at the airport) faster than many people can save the money to get their car back.

Even in Waldo, when you get a speeding ticket, you get a week or so to mail in the fine, and they don't take your car and leave you standing on the side of U.S. Highway 301.

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