Judge: Tennessee Can’t Revoke Licenses of People Who Can’t Pay Traffic Fines - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 17, 2018
A federal judge ruled yesterday that Tennessee can no longer revoke people’s driver licenses because they cannot pay traffic tickets, The Commercial Appeal reports. U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued the ruling in a class-action suit that could affect as many as 291,000 people. Trauger found that the suspensions did nothing to ensure people paid their debt, and said that the state didn’t offer any reason in their arguments that taking an indigent person’s license is an effective means to ensure debt collection. Hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans now have the right to seek reinstatement of their licenses.