Drivers' license; driving on a suspended or revoked license, punishable as traffic infraction. (HB446)

Introduced By

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), and Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Driving on a suspended or revoked license; unpaid court fines or costs; traffic infraction. Provides that the penalty for driving on a suspended or revoked driver's license where the reason for the suspension or revocation was a person's failure to pay court-ordered fines and costs is punishable as a traffic infraction. Currently, the offense is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/06/2018Committee
01/06/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102546D
01/06/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB446)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice

Comments

ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of VA strongly supports decriminalizing driving on a suspended license to a simple traffic infraction. These provisions in the law disproportionately affect lower-income drivers and do nothing to improve road safety. Police have also used Driver's License checkpoints to target minorities and immigrant communities around the Commonwealth, further increasing the disparity of how these provisions in the law are enforced.