Michigan wins appeal on driver’s license suspensions

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Michigan can suspend licenses for people who can’t afford to pay traffic fines.

A federal court overturned an injunction saying the state’s policy doesn’t conflict with certain rights under the U.S. Constitution.

In a 2-1 decision, the court also says the policy is “rationally related” to the state’s interest in promptly collecting fines.

The court said Wednesday that the policy might be “counterproductive,” especially if a driver’s license suspension prevents someone from traveling to a job and making money.

The lawsuit was filed in 2017 when Federal Judge Linda Parker had told the state to stop license suspensions until it comes up with an alternative to full payment, such as a payment plan or volunteer service.

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