Lawsuit filed over suspension of driver's licenses

Published: Jul. 7, 2016 at 10:11 PM EDT
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A lawsuit is challenging the state's system of suspending someone's driver's license if they don't pay court costs and fines.

Legal Aid Justice Center filed the lawsuit claiming that the state fails to take people's financial circumstances into account.

Members of Total Action for Progress in Roanoke say that's an issue that several people in Southwest Virginia are facing.

"They want to get to work, they want to support their families, but they can't," said Annette Lewis with Total Action for Progress. "They can't get too and from work because they have these fines, they can't get their license back because they don't have the money to pay. It is a cycle, it does happen."

The Legal Aid Justice Center claims that nearly a million Virginians currently have their licenses suspended because of the practice.