Fairbanks reverses $500 vehicle bonds increase

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks City Council has reversed a decision to raise vehicle bonds by $500 for drunken driving violations.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the bonds, like bail, allow a defendant to retrieve his or her vehicle while awaiting trial.

First-time offenders pay $500, while those with prior offenses pay an amount based on the age of the car.

A resolution approved Monday followed a proposal by councilman Chad Roberts to lower the impound fee to $500 after it had been raised to $1,000.

Robert said the increase was too big a jump.

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