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Montgomery resident Chris Brown knows first hand the consequences of racking up fines with the police department.
"I've gotten tickets for everything there was to get. I actually had to pay $2,500 to get my license back," Brown said.
Brown also knows the consequences of not have a valid driver's license or car insurance.
"Without car insurance, you know it cases a big problem because when the accidents happen, you have to pay for your own vehicle," Brown said.
Brown drives a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro and says he now obeys the law, but can relate to others who can't afford insurance. He says it's still no excuse.
"You come out of more not having a license or car insurance, you come out of more just trying to get where you're going and people don't understand that," Brown said.
64 percent of all electronic tickets issued in Montgomery were for drivers with no proof of insurance. We're talking more than 10,000 citations so far this year and nearly 6,000 citations for drivers who either had no license or an expired, revoked or suspended one.
And that's what motivated councilman Glen Pruitt to propose an ordinance that will result in an automatic towing of your vehicle if you don't have insurance or a valid driver's license and a $200 administrative city free for the release of your vehicle.
"Right now what we're doing is not working. It's not fair for you and I to pay for insurance on our cars when other individuals ride around town and all we do is write them a ticket and tell them to have a good day," Pruitt said.
"If you don't have a license, you shouldn't be driving. I agree with the towing, but I disagree with the $200 fee," Montgomery resident Emily Tanner said.
Councilman C.C. Calhoun says the fee amount is too high for most people to pay.
"I'm not in favor of it in it's current form. We want to look at it and see if we can bring that fee amount down and not make it so punitive," Calhoun said.
Montgomery Police say currently cars are only towed if the driver's license has been revoked or suspended for DUI.
There would be one exception under the ordinance: If there is a passenger with a valid driver's license, that person could drive your vehicle home.
You can voice your opinion on the proposal at the council's September meeting.