West Virginia is a rural state and we rely on our vehicles to get where we need to go.
Suspending West Virginians’ driver’s licenses because they are unable to pay a fine places a large burden on our neighbors and their livelihoods. This is especially true for lower-income households where not being able to drive to work is all the more serious.
The people who are the most vulnerable and have the most difficulty paying their fees are disproportionately affected by this policy, which is often incurred for offenses completely unrelated to driving.
This is why HB 4958 is so important. It put an end to a regressive and unjust policy that needed to go.