A newly proposed bill from a San Fernando Valley legislator is aiming to
put an end to driver’s license suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets.
Here are some key points about the legislation:
- Senate Bill 405 was authored by California Senator Bob Hertzberg. The bill
proposes changes to current state laws that implement driver’s license
suspensions for drivers who have unpaid traffic tickets for non-violent
offenses, including broken taillights and expired tags.
Under current state law, drivers who have unpaid traffic tickets can have
their licenses suspended for unpaid fees, fines, and assessments. In order
to have their driving privileges restored, motorists are required to pay
any outstanding fines. Traffic fines across the state account for
nearly $10 billion in uncollected court-ordered debt.
- If passed, SB 405 would restore licenses for millions of California residents,
and outstanding fees will be collected through the Traffic Amnesty program,
another proposed law by Governor Jerry Brown.
The proposed bill is gaining wide support from lawmakers and residents
across the state, as it restores fairness to a system that often penalizes
low income residents and pushes them deeper into poverty. Hertzberg has
cited many instances of a broken system under current law, including one
case where a driver had their license suspended and accumulated $2,900
in outstanding fees after receiving a $25 ticket for failing to notify
the DMV of an address change.
In addition to helping over 4 million Californians restore their licenses,
the law could potentially make roadways safer. According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as many as 75% of motorists
who have their licenses suspended still drive - often without insurance.
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we have helped many California
motorists resolve issues with driver’s license suspensions, including
matters involving unpaid fines. If you have questions about your driver’s
license, visit our
Orange County DMV website or
contact us today!