Rodney Gould wins San Francisco DMV Appeal

Rodney Gould wins San Francisco DMV Appeal

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco just overturned a DMV suspension for one of Mr. Gould’s motorist clients. In Miller v. Department of Motor Vehicles (May 2, 2018; A147050), a unanimous appellate panel agreed with Mr. Gould that the motorist’s arrest was illegal and that therefore, so was the suspension of his license.

In the wee hours of the morning of  July 31, 2014, CHP Officer Christopher … Read More

California Traffic Tickets Won’t Suspend Licenses

California Traffic Tickets Won’t Suspend Licenses

Traffic tickets will no trigger a license suspension if unpaid, according to a new California law.  Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday ending the practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of motorists with unpaid traffic fines. Suspensions have not helped collection efforts in the state, and Governor Brown said they can actually send low-income people into a cycle of job losses and more poverty.

Senate Bill 185 was sponsored by … Read More

Half of California Driver’s Licenses Issued to Undocumented Residents

Half of California Driver’s Licenses Issued to Undocumented Residents

According to the Los Angeles Times, an estimated 605,000 licenses were issued last year under Assembly Bill 60, the measure passed last year that grants the right to a California driver’s license to people in the country illegally. The figure accounts for almost half of all licenses issued in California last year.

Officer Josh Nelson, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, suggested the measure likely improved highway safety in California. … Read More

DMV Discriminates Against Transgender Motorists (Again)

DMV Discriminates Against Transgender Motorists (Again)

DMV discriminates against transgender motorists again, this time in Louisiana. (You may recall we previously reported a South Carolina teen who was prohibited from wearing makeup in her driver’s license photo. South Carolina’s DMV relented after the ACLU took the case.) It’s the same story here, just a different state.

21-year-old Denham Springs resident Alexandra Glover says the clerk told her she was trying to misrepresent her gender by … Read More

Teen Fatalities Decreased in Connecticut

Teen Fatalities Decreased in Connecticut

A new report in Connecticut indicates a significant reduction in crashes causing injury or death in which a 16- or 17-year-old was driving. The report credits the state’s graduated driver licensing program as a principal reason for the decline.

Since 2004, there has been an 84 percent decrease in fatalities for 16- and 17-year-old drivers and their passengers and a 64 percent decrease since 2008. Despite the success of the … Read More

Motorist Sues for Interpreter on Written Test

Motorist Sues for Interpreter on Written Test

An Italian immigrant is suing the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles for refusing to translate the written driver’s license exam or allow for an interpreter. Federal law requires any agency receiving federal funds to accommodate folks with limited English proficiency.

Apparently Rhode Island’s DMV will only allow the motorist to take the exam in English, Spanish or Portuguese.… Read More