At least 300,000 Bay Area residents could now be eligible to reduce traffic fines and reinstate suspended driver’s licenses, according to Gary Lewis with Bay Area Legal Aid.
“These people aren’t just shrugging off their duty,” Lewis said. “A $400 ticket is a lot when your monthly income isn’t [much more than that]. People have been forced to make a choice between paying rent or paying a ticket.”
Traffic tickets take on additional fines when left unpaid, leading to a driver’s license suspension, which is particularly harmful for low-income people, Lewis said.
“We’ve already gotten a dozen calls in the past 24 hours,” he said. “And we’re right at the very beginning of this … we’ve been working on these issues for awhile [at Bay Area Legal Aid], but we expect a significant increase.”
Organizations mentioned/involved: Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)