Driver's License Suspension
Many states in the U.S. suspend People's driver's licenses, even those with safe driving records, simply because they are too poor to pay their traffic tickets or court costs.
Such wealth-based schemes not only trap our most vulnerable citizens in a vicious cycle of poverty, but they make no sense. Unable to drive, people often lose their jobs or have a hard time finding employment, making it even more unlikely that they will be able to pay their debts to the state. Furthermore, residents with suspended licenses cannot fulfill daily responsibilities like taking their children to school, caring for elderly family members, or going to the doctor’s office.
Equal Justice Under Law is on the forefront of the movement to end this discriminatory practice and restore driving rights to thousands of Americans living in poverty. We currently have class action lawsuits pending in Michigan and Montana.
Ending Excessive Punishment
Losing a driver’s license is an irrational punishment that goes far beyond the initial fine. It is an attack on a person’s independence, pride, and character. To take away someone’s ability to drive simply because they are too poor to pay a ticket is unfair, unjust, and does not accomplish its intended goal.
Stopping wealth-based driver's license suspensions would help hundreds of thousands of American drivers which will lead to reunited families and restored communities.