Sonoma Man Driving Without a License Since 1982 Cited Again

Clifford Alan Collins, 51, has had four license suspensions since then for DUI and being a negligent operator, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

The California Highway Patrol arrested a Sonoma man this afternoon
whose driver's license was suspended in 1982.

Clifford Alan Collins, 51, has had four license suspensions since then for DUI and being a negligent operator, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

Collins also is on parole for drug violations, Sloat said.

CHP Officer Brian Wood saw Collins' Honda Accord weaving onto the shoulder of southbound U.S. Highway 101 near Railroad Avenue south of Santa Rosa around 2:30 p.m., Sloat said.

Collins was pulled over and was unable to provide a driver's license, Sloat said

Wood found hypodermic needles in Collins' car and he was booked into the Sonoma County jail for driving on a suspended license, possession of hypodermic needles and violating his parole, Sloat said.

Bay City News

Irene Morgan February 05, 2012 at 05:12 PM
This is actually astonishing in some ways... he has been driving without a license on and off for over 30 years!!!
Dee Baucher February 05, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Driving without a license is a sanctioned activity in this county. In order to facilitate illegal immigration and illegal employment of foreign nationals, our law enforcement has a deliberate posture of ignoring this crime, to the detriment of the rest of us. It is time for this reality to be acknowledged and for the rest of us to react appropriately. The only reason this individual was arrested is because of the drugs... not the chronic driving without a license.
Richard February 05, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Actually I doubt that the man in question, Clifford Colllins, is an illegal alien. And he has had licenses over the years but they have been suspended. So this case is not because of anything to do with legal immigration and whether immigrants have licenses or not. It is just a case of someone who drove without a license. And this country does not permit just searching and stopping people without "probably cause."--so yes, it did take a possible traffic violation before they pulled him over. Otherwise every time you walk down the street or get into your car, you could be stopped and asked for ID. ... While that kind of thing does happen in some countries, I am thankful that to some extent my freedom still is preserved in the USA and I need not fear unreasonable searches.
Dee Baucher February 08, 2012 at 06:11 PM
The issue is that driving without a license is tolerated by law enforcement. This was not ever sanctioned in the past. (only over the last 2 decades) When unlicensed drivers are allowed to keep their cars (not impounded), and they are not pursued with legal actions, then they continue doing it! This creates a dangerous situation for all of us. (The reason for the lax attitudes of law enforcement, is what was mentioned before. This individual being allowed to drive without a license, intermittently, for 30 years is related to the policy of "looking the other way" when non-licensed drivers are stopped by law enforcement.)
Dorothy February 08, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I agree that something needs to be done in the case of someone who repeatedly drives without a license. I don't know the law but after a certain point, can't they spend a bit of time in jail? Or have required public service of some kind.
Albert David February 09, 2012 at 02:06 AM
At some point if you drive without a license, you should lose your right to drive on a permanent basis. Each time Mr Collins loses his license for DUI and yet he is back on the road. He is a danger and there should be some way to prevent him from getting behind the wheel of a car again.


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