More than half a million Virginia drivers are set to get their licenses back

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Soon, more than 600,000 Virgin will receive a driver's license back.

They are people they lost their driving privileges due to unpaid court costs.

"You spend $ 5,000 on fines but your kids are hungry, so what would you do first?" Madison Scott, a man of Henrico County, suspended at least eight hours.

On Wednesday, Virginia's voters voted to suspend driving licenses for a court debt. Many people believe that practice badly explodes the poor.

Scott explains that he can convince him to make his chances and drive him anyway.

"To be honest with you, I think that's the only way I need to nurture my family," he says.

So what does this mean for local courts? Will he kill the incentive to pay fines and costs?


This is not considered by the Attorney General of Commonwealth of Henrico County, Shannon Taylor.

"This is a very good thing for the population of people who want to do the right thing," she said.

Taylor believes that the change of options will give people in challenging financial situations. The courts will now have the capacity to work out flexible payment plans.

"We are at least giving people the chance to hold a license, to retain their ability to retain employment, so that they can pay their financial responsibilities and that is very good," she says.

The relocation of the driver's license will take effect on 1 July although there are still many logistical issues as to how the process will operate.

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