ACLU Challenges Traffic Violation Policy

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of a policy in several California counties which requires alleged traffic violators to pay their fines and fees in full before getting their case heard in court. Letters have been sent to 8 counties, including Shasta, Mendocino, and Del Norte, asking that the policy be changed, saying that it violates constitutional guarantees of due process, a right that’s essentially withheld unless money is handed over. The ACLU also says it unfairly impacts low income people. A report says more than 4 Million Californians have had their licenses suspended in the past 8 years because they couldn't afford to pay the full costs of minor infractions. ACLU threatens legal action if the policies are not rescinded by May 28th.