It really depends on the individual case and the location of the offence. Sometimes mistakes happen and the police officer should have some ability to decide whether the vehicle will pose a hazard if left where it is sitting or if some other person could remove the vehicle. Many small towns really do not have a place to impound a vehicle too, and if a state makes it minatory to impound the vehicle it would cause financial stress on some communities.
California Law on Driving Without a License | Vehicle Code 12500 a vc
People make mistakes. Heck, my husband forgot his wallet today when we drove up to the dentists' office. It would be complete bullcrap if we would have had to pay for a tow fee for the car when it could have easily been parked for 15 min in the parking lot while either him or I walked back to the house and back to it with his wallet to prove he had a valid license (and yes, we could have easily walked from the dentists' office to our house and back in 15 min, in fact, he probably could have ran it in 5 or less). He wasn't putting anyone's safety at risk by just not having his on him.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
But I do note that you agree his response was silly.
Perhaps it's different here. Is everyone in the US with a licence to drive also automatically covered by insurance to drive any car, whether owned by them or not?
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"
"Innocent until proven guilty" IS a myth when people such as yourself willfully dismiss and mock the Constitution and due process, btw.