California Disproportionately Punishes Poor, Minority Drivers, Report Finds

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, which provides civil legal aid, wants only unsafe drivers to lose their licenses — not people who are unable to pay traffic tickets or court fees.
News Story (California)

Claudia Koerner
April 11, 2016

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)


He thought he’d never see his license again until he saw a flyer for legal help. A pro bono lawyer took on his case, and almost immediately, the fines were dismissed.

Campbell said he didn’t known how to work within the system, and had for years thought he couldn’t afford legal help. It’s a position that many people he’s met, who are often black or Latino, are in now, he added.

“In areas like Beverly Hills, they can pay,” he said. “And if they feel like they’re getting jerked around a bit, the police commissioner is getting a call.”