Rule could reduce license suspensions 

Minnesota News Connection ( reports that Minnesota is poised to prohibit drivers’ licenses from being suspended when a person fails to pay a traffic ticket or appear in court for a violation. Backers say the change will prevent lower-income people from being trapped in a cycle that limits their ability to work – from making the difficult choice of driving when they shouldn’t, or taking a risk to maintain their income.

Catherine Johnson of the Inter-County Community Council said in rural areas, a license suspension can be especially problematic.

“Most folks don’t often work in the same community that they live,” Johnson said. “And so, having a suspended driver’s license just enables them to not get to their job.”

The proposal saw bipartisan support in the Legislature, and also has the backing of a number of legal groups, including the Minnesota County Attorneys Association and Minnesota State Bar Association.

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