Traffic Fine Amnesty Considered By Indiana Legislators

Indiana residents with suspended driver’s licenses because of unpaid fines could see those penalties reduced under an amnesty program being considered by state lawmakers.

Bill sponsors say nearly 400-thousand people have had their driver’s licenses suspended over unpaid fines and reinstatement fees. Lawmakers say that makes it difficult for many people to travel to jobs in order to pay the penalties.  Drivers face fees between 250 and a thousand dollars for license reinstatement.

A House committee has endorsed the bill creating an amnesty period during while penalties would be reduced by 80-percent for those with incomes less than 125-percent of the poverty level.  Those with incomes above that would get a 50-percent fine reduction.