News Story (Virginia)
July 31, 2016
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Tags: Driver's license suspension
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)
irginia is one of nine states that automatically suspends a license if they have not received fines of fee payments within 30 days. The state does so without any inquiry into non-payment or consideration for a driver’s financial circumstance.
According to the Legal Aid Justice Center, which filed the suit against Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles, hundreds of thousands of low-income residents are trapped in a cycle of debt and poverty. Nearly one in six drivers in Virginia has a suspended license for failure to pay court costs and fines.
“It’s a problem for low-income individuals because of the volume and the high amount associated with the fines,” Angela Ciolfi, LAJC lead attorney, told FoxNews.com. “It’s fundamentally unfair to punish people for not being able to pay in addition to being punished for their infractions.