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...