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Equal Voice: California Has Income Disparities in Who Loses Licenses, Report Says

Monday, April 25, 2016 | ,

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.

 

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Reuters: Black drivers in California arrested more often for unpaid tickets: study

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 |

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.

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