Tennessee to stop suspension of licenses for people who cannot pay traffic fines
The State of Tennessee says they have received the order to stop the suspension of licenses for people who cannot afford to pay traffic fines and court costs.
In an order Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger also instructed the state to allow indigent drivers to get suspended licenses back without fees.
Plaintiffs argue the suspensions leave people unable to work, making it even harder for them to pay court debts.
The Department of Safety and Homeland Security says they will review the balance of the order to determine the next steps for drivers.
The Tennessean reports that the ruling could affect as many as 291,000 people. It could also have implications for similar policies in dozens of other states.
If you have had your license suspended due to unpaid fines, you can attempt to have your license reinstated.
You can call 866-903-7357 or visit dl.safety.tn.gov You can also visit a reinstatement center in person.