“A driver’s license is essential to one’s economic security,” said Western Center on Law & Poverty attorney Rebecca Miller in a statement. “In the majority of cases, California suspended licenses of people who could not afford to pay their traffic tickets. The result did very little to make our roads safer, but it imposed a severe penalty on drivers with low incomes, making it harder for them to work and care for their families.”
“The Department of Motor Vehicles officially reported that it cleared more than 550,000 driver’s license suspensions back in December, according to one of the groups representing several Californians behind a 2016 lawsuit.
The release by the Western Center on Law & Poverty said the court sided with their plaintiffs last year.”
“Licenses are essential in this economy,” said Mike Herald, director of policy advocacy for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, which advocates for the poor. “This has a really fatal flaw; we think we’re going to somehow get money out of people we’ve driven underground. How will this increase collections?”
“El fallo “limita este instrumento contundente de castigar a las personas por no hacerse cargo de las multas de tránsito cuando, en realidad, para muchos californianos, las multas de tránsito son simplemente demasiado caras para pagar”, dijo Rebecca Miller, abogada principal del Western Center on Law y Pobreza, una de las organizaciones que demandó al Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados.
“Como en cualquier estado del país, tenemos una vigilancia excesiva de las comunidades negras y marrones de bajos ingresos en California”.
“The ruling “limits this blunt instrument of punishing people for not taking care of traffic tickets when in reality, for many Californians, traffic tickets are simply too expensive to take care of,” said Rebecca Miller, senior attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, one of the organizations that sued the Department of Motor Vehicles.”