Back in July, a major issue was brought to the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the practice of suspending driver's licenses here in Virginia. According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of roughly 1 million Virginians, police in our state have been suspending and even revoking residents' driver's licenses simply because they were unable to pay fines or court fees.
As you can imagine, many people rely on their driving privileges to get to and from work. Without a driver's license, a person would have to choose between losing their job and choosing instead to drive on a suspended license. Both choices had steep costs and made many feel like they were being punished for being impoverished.