U.S. Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) asked D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) to review reported incidents of D.C. police officers arresting people who have failed to update their vehicle registrations.
Webb penned a letter to Gray on Thursday, following media reports of such arrests, according to motor club AAA, which is calling the incidents “ridiculous.”
AAA notes that surrounding jurisdictions do not arrest citizens for the infraction.
“While drivers should be held accountable for such minor infractions, there is absolutely no justification for jailing citizens whose only offense is an expired tag,” Webb wrote. “If true, I hope you will agree that this is a waste of the limited financial resources which the District should be directing toward fighting serious crime.”
“I ask that you review this matter promptly,” Webb wrote.
Gwendolyn Crump, a police spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement that the D.C. Council is responsible. “MPD officers are sworn to enforce the laws that are on the books. We allow for a grace period and many officers use further discretion,” she said. “If you have concerns, please address them with the legislators.”