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Legally Brief: Traffic Amnesty available until the end of 2020

We all know that a valid driver’s license plays a key role in the prosperity of a person and the surrounding community. We work with survivors every day who are severely limited because of suspended drivers’ licenses — licenses that are only suspended because the survivor cannot afford to pay off the excessive fines, costs and reinstatement fees.

Well, now, there is a solution. Until the end of 2020, Hoosiers can seek a 50% reduction for traffic infractions committed before January 1, 2019, or for reinstatement fees for a license suspension that occurred before January 1, 2019.

This Traffic Amnesty Program passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2019 could be a game-changer for the survivors we serve and all economically disadvantaged Hoosiers.

Pro se pleadings AND a legal consultation are available for ICADV program advocates by contacting ICADV Legal Counsel Kerry Hyatt Bennett. For the general public, Indiana’s Coalition for Court Access has a great website here.

Timing matters: this program only runs through December 31, 2020. Kudos to the Indiana General Assembly for passing legislation that lends a hand to hard-working Hoosiers.  A survivor’s ability to drive enables that person to work in any season, access goods and services, and transport themselves and loved ones to necessary medical outlets. Let’s face it: a driver’s license serves as a ticket to the American way of life.

You can read more about who qualifies for the program here.

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