When Aaron Cutchon was laid off from his job at an auto body shop, he could no longer afford to pay for two traffic tickets he got for driving in a carpool lane.
His license was suspended, and he had to stop attending classes at a Napa junior college where he was working toward an associate’s degree.
New legislation in California supported by Gov. Jerry Brown would eliminate such a dilemma by forbidding courts from taking licenses from people just because they can’t pay their fines.
State Sen. Robert Hertzberg introduced a bill this week that would ban the practice. Brown and Hertzberg say the current policy disproportionately targets low-income Californians and can send people into a cycle of job losses and more poverty.
“What we’ve learned is it ruins people’s lives,” said Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys. “The privilege of driving should not be connected with the size of your wallet.”
Well done Senator.
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