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Suspending licenses for not paying fines unconstitutional


Last updated 6/10/2021 at 10:10am

OLYMPIA — Drivers whose licenses were suspended because they didn’t pay traffic fines may be able to get back on the road by June 16.

A Thurston County Superior Court Judge has ruled that it’s unconstitutional to suspend a driver’s license for failure to pay fines or appear in court.

The ruling stems from a lawsuit in which the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state Department of Licensing, arguing the constitutionality of a state law.

The state is not planning to appeal the decision.

The decision is a stop-gap measure that will allow motorists to get back behind the wheel n...

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