New laws enacted for drivers, social workers
This week, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill that reduces the cost of pre-existing traffic fines and streamlines the path toward driver’s license restoration.
Christopher Curtis, staff attorney for Vermont Legal Aid and co-chair of the Governor’s Pathways from Poverty Council, celebrated the new law.
“This new law will give thousands of Vermonters a chance to get back on the road to economic opportunity safely, legally and affordably,” Curtis said. “The old system was a poverty trap. It traps low-income Vermonters in a spiraling cycle of ticket after ticket simply because they cannot afford to pay an initial fine. The system was broken. This law will help fix it.”