Vermont Press Bureau | January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016

Shumlin looks to curb driver’s license suspensions

Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling on lawmakers to eliminate the more than 70 nondriving-related reasons for which a person can have his or her driver’s license suspended in Vermont. During his State of the State address, Shumlin called on lawmakers to make it easier for Vermonters to get a suspended license reinstated, and to cut the number of reasons a license can be suspended in the first place.

“What was intended to be a deterrent to bad driving behavior should not be a permanent economic disability,” said Christopher Curtis, an attorney with Vermont Legal Aid. “The goal should be not to snare people in a cycle where they get ticket after ticket after ticket after ticket.”