Bridgette Parker sued Caltrans in small claims court earlier this year after the agency destroyed her property. Now a new class action lawsuit alleges this is a systematic problem affecting the East Bay’s homeless residents.
Back on the Road
On October 25, 2016, advocates of the Back on the Road Coalition filed suit against the Department of Motor Vehicles to stop the unlawful practice of driver’s license suspensions for failure to pay a traffic fine.
The Coalition submitted a set of comments to the Commission on the Future of California Courts’ proposed concepts, including strongly opposing the recommendation to jail people who can’t afford to pay their fines.
On August 26, 2016, the Back on the Road Coalition submitted a lengthy public comment to the Judicial Council on proposed rules to traffic court procedures.
Advocates of the Back on the Road Coalition, testified before the Commission on the Future of California Courts
Advocates of the Back on the Road Coalition, Theresa Zhen (A New Way of Life Reentry Project) and Olivia Hudnut (Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County), testified before the Commission on the Future of California Courts
CA Legal Orgs Bring First-of-its-kind Lawsuit Challenging Harmful Driver’s License Suspension Policies
Coalition sues Solano County and puts California counties on notice
In California, where you live may help determine whether your license is suspended or you land in jail over unpaid traffic tickets.
A new study found a wide disparity between rates of drivers from high-poverty, Black and Latino neighborhoods losing their licenses or getting arrested over traffic fines, fees, or failure to appear in court, and rates among drivers from wealthier zip codes.
Latin Post: Immigrants in California More Likely to be Jailed for Unpaid Traffic Tickets Than Whites: Study
The report’s release comes on the eve of a state senate hearing on a bill aimed at preventing the DMV from suspending the licenses of drivers for unpaid tickets.
Driving while black in California can be expensive, especially if you are poor.
Black drivers in California are far more likely than their white counterparts to face arrest for unpaid traffic tickets or driving with a suspended license, according to a study by a civil rights coalition released on Monday.
The findings come amid a national conversation around racial discrimination in policing sparked in the summer of 2014 over high-profile police killings of unarmed black men.