Good Idea, Times Three

An amnesty day on traffic tickets makes eminent good sense, since many of those who fail to pay have good cause — they are low-income residents who simply can’t afford it.

Editorial (Vermont)

Valley News (NH)
December 2, 2015

Tags: Driver's license suspension

Organizations mentioned/involved: Vermont Legal Aid (VLA)


Vermont will hold another “driver restoration day” on Dec. 11, in White River Junction. About 1,400 Windsor County residents whose driver’s licenses have been suspended for failure to pay outstanding traffic tickets will have the opportunity to pay $25 per ticket to get their fines forgiven and their licenses reinstated. (Drivers from elsewhere in Vermont who received tickets in Windsor County are also eligible.)


“I think that this is really a way for us to unshackle a lot of economic opportunity for Vermonters who can seize it,” says Christopher Curtis, a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid. That, and getting a lot of people back into the good graces of the law. Any system of fines so onerous that it results in large numbers of people being in violation is a system that needs fixing. A task force has been convened to address the subject legislatively, but in the meantime, restoration days provide at least a partial solution.