1.2M NC Drivers Lost Their License For Failure To Show Up To Court Or Pay Fees

The report found that linking driving privileges with court debts keeps people in poverty, according to North Carolina Justice Center Attorney Daniel Bowes, who contributed to the report.

News Story (North Carolina)

Rebecca Martinez
WUNC (Chapel Hill)
September 28, 2017

Tags: Court Debt, Driver's license suspension

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia), North Carolina Justice Center (NCJC)


about that option, which can be an arduous and confusing process. Bowes said courts should make it easier for low-income drivers to do so before imposing a fine.

Wake County Assistant Public Defender Emily Mistr agreed that attaching driving privileges with court debts keeps people poor.

“It is an issue that substantially and specifically affects people who are in the poverty cycle,” Mistr said. “You can’t pay a ticket if you don’t have a job. You can’t get a job if you don’t have a driver’s license.”