Driving while black in California can be expensive, especially if you are poor.
News Story (California)
April 11, 2016
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Tags: Driver's license suspension, Fines and Fees, Minorities: Racial/Ethnic
Organizations mentioned/involved: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR)
According to a report by Back On the Road California, a consortium of social justice and legal groups, black drivers in the state are more likely to have their licenses suspended for failure to appear in court or failing to pay a ticket than whites. Black drivers are also more likely to be arrested for driving with a suspended license than whites for the same offense.
“Right now, California and many states around the country are using license suspension as a debt collection tool rather than a tool for public safety,” said Elisa Della-Piana, the legal director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the groups that co-authored the report.