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Lawsuit: NC DMV license revocation rules hurt state's poor drivers
Class action filing alleges burden to low-income
 
Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:18 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

must be made in full.

“The notice only said that I must 'comply’ with my citation,” plaintiff Nichelle Yarborough of Wake County wrote in a statement to the court. “I understand 'comply’ to mean that I have to pay the full amount of my citation to avoid having my license suspended. The notice did not tell me how to avoid revocation or how to get my driver’s license back if I was unable to pay.”

License revocation hits the poor especially hard. More than 15 percent of North Carolinians live in poverty, and snatching their driving privilege for nonpayment disproportionately impacts people of color. The plaintiffs argue that low-income residents are forced to risk driving without a license or stay off the road and risk losing their work.

“No one should have to live with the burden of their license being revoked simply because they cannot pay off their traffic tickets,” Johnson said.

“North Carolina’s unjust traffic fine collection scheme has created a two-tiered system of justice where people charged with the same traffic offense are punished differently based on how much money they have,” Cristina Becker, criminal justice debt fellow for the ACLU of North Carolina said last year when the suit was filed. “Those who can afford to pay their traffic tickets get to keep their license, while those who cannot have their license revoked, making it harder to find and keep a job and take care of their families. North Carolina is denying a basic necessity – having a driver’s license – to hundreds of thousands of residents simply because of their economic standing.”

Comments

Once in the DMV taking care of all the citations that I was ticketed for, so I could have everything ready to prove to the court that I complied w the tickets, I would end up either w my car breaking down or couldn't find a ride. Yet after paying for everything right there at the DMV, why can't the tickets bevexponged at that point in time? Why do I have to travel once again to another facility to show and prove just somebody in a courtroom that I have legalized my driving privileges? Especially when I'm at the DMV taking care of my driving privileges. I own a 1982 Ford F100. Yes it might be a timepiece but it does have its problems. So in the event that I've taken care of my tickets yet I don't make it to the court date I get penalized twice for something that I took care of initially to begin with anyway. That right there is breaking the law when a person is standing at the DMV paying sometimes up to 3 to $500 to get my car legalized and to pay the tickets off why can't they just scratch them when you're standing there taking care of it? So yet if I miss the court date that I'm getting charged all over again for something that is out of my control. Just like , I went to the DMV and they dismissed a ticket. Yet but for some reason I got a letter in the mail saying that my license will be suspended because I didn't go to court. Now I this has happened three times already just in 2019. Transportation nightmares. I don't live on a bus line. I'm on a fixed income. Yet I have to drive they just need to quit tearing down all the trees and building all these ridiculous shopping centers just keep a couple of available open for people to be able to get food at we don't need money and buildings all over the place. Have a nice day.
Posted on May 10, 2019
 
Its a shame how the Police Dept. choice the people they want to harass on the road, while other drivers especially out of towners who have moved here still carrying the car tags from their previous State & drivers license too, NY, Virginia and more states, Etc. You people need God in your lives to stop all this EVIL stuff that's going on.
Posted on March 24, 2019
 
Im in that same situation.a navy vet trying to make a living,because of ticket in another state not even a traffic violence Accident not my fault didn't know I had a ticket anyway I have gotten stop 4 times in 1.5 months reason my tags were reported missing or loss is that what they are using now had to get a lawyer that I can't afford
Posted on March 21, 2019
 

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