Michigan: Fowler v. Johnson

Selected Media Coverage

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TV & Radio

Lawsuit Targets DWP (Driving While Poor) for Michigan Radio/NPR by Tracy Samilton on May 10, 2017


Michigan Forgives $637 Million In Bullshit Traffic Fees So 300,000 Drivers Can Get Their Licenses Back by Ryan Felton for Jalopnik on March 8, 2018

Punishing Low-Income Drivers for Being Poor by Alec Ward for Reason.com on January 8, 2018

Judge’s Ruling Spotlights Empathy For Poor by Bankole Thompson for The Detroit News on December 28, 2017

Judge: Stop Unfairly Suspending Michigan Driver’s Licenses by Niraj Warikoo for the Detroit Free Press on December 15, 2017

Judge Blocks Driver’s License Suspensions of Poor Due to Unpaid Traffic Fees by the Associated Press as reprinted in Crain’s Detroit Business on December 15, 2017

Judge Blocks Michigan From Suspending Driver’s Licenses Over Unpaid Traffic Fines by Ryan Felton for Jalopnik on December 15, 2017

Federal Judge Says Michigan Can’t Suspend Poor People’s Driver’s Licenses by Lee DeVito for Detroit Metro Times on December 15, 2017

Michigan is 1 of 5 harshest states for driver’s license suspensions over court fees, fines by Niraj Warikoo for the Detroit Free Press on September 29, 2017

Too Broke to Drive by Henry Grabar for Slate on September 27, 2017

Millions of Drivers Lost Licenses for Failing to Pay Court Fees, study finds by Justin Moyer for The Washington Post on September 26, 2017

Study: 100K Michigan Drivers Lose Licenses for Unpaid Fees by Mike Martindale for The Detroit News on September 26, 2017

Old Fines Strand Drivers, Crimp Region’s Workforce by Chad Livengood for Crain’s Detroit Business on August 6, 2017

Driver’s License Suspensions Hurt the Poor in Michigan by Niraj Warikoo for the the Detroit Free Press on May 24, 2017

Too Poor to Drive? Op-Ed by Phil Telfeyan for The Crime Report on June 7, 2017

The State Making Money Off Poorest Drivers by Kate Briquelet for The Daily Beast on March 8, 2017

Michiganders Fight Policy for Driver’s License Suspensions by David Wells for Courthouse News Service on May 8, 2017

Lawsuit Challenges Michigan Driver’s License Suspensions from US News and World Report. From the original Associate Press story by Ed White on May 5, 2017

MI Lawsuit Targets License Suspensions Over Traffic Debts by David Krajicek for The Crime Report on May 5, 2017

Detroit Court Gets Tough on Traffic Tickets by Sarah Alvarez for Bridge Magazine on June 12, 201