A catch-22, suspended driver's licenses, is tripping up millions of Americans who happen to be too poor to pay increasingly expensive traffic fines and other minor tickets.
News Story (California)
April 8, 2015
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Tags: Civil Rights, Driver's license suspension
Organizations mentioned/involved: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR)
In California, 4.2 million residents have had their licenses suspended during the past eight years because they haven’t been able to pay their tickets for traffic violations or minor infractions such as loitering, according to a new report from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, a civil legal aid organization.
The problem for poor workers, the group notes, is that without a driver’s license, many are let go from their jobs, making it even harder to settle their fines.
In California, fines for traffic tickets have skyrocketed during recent years, thanks to add-on fees like a “night court assessment” and “EMS fund.” That means a $100 ticket can end up actually costing $479, the Lawyers’ Committee Report noted.