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Ohio’s Payment Plan Helps Get Drivers Licenses Reinstated

Melissa Linville sees it all the time — the cycle of debt that people struggle to break when they are told they can’t legally drive anymore.

Sometimes, it’s because they didn’t pay child support. Or they can’t afford to pay an insurance company’s judgment against them. And then, they drive again — to punch the time clock at work or drop off a kid at school — and get caught behind the wheel. That leads to more fines, longer suspensions and bigger debts.

“There’s definitely a cycle where they drive and then get caught again … and that’s how the reinstatement fees add up and multiply,” said Linville, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. “It’s such a hurdle for people who are trying to get and keep gainful employment.”

Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

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