Solano County Court Halts License Suspensions Of Poor Drivers

Date Posted: 08/10/2017

Categories: News, Traffic Tickets, California DMV, California Drivers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Bay Area superior court has agreed to stop suspending the licenses of people who can’t afford to pay their traffic tickets, offering them a chance to set up a payment plan or pay by other means, a coalition of civil rights groups announced Tuesday.

Solano County Superior Court will notify traffic defendants of their right to be heard regarding their ability to pay, the coalition said, and the notices will explain their right to ask for a lower fine, a payment plan, or community service.

The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and others that claimed the court’s actions violated both the state’s vehicle code and due process protections, and essentially criminalized poverty.

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