Bill would give amnesty for old speeding tickets - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Bill would give amnesty for old speeding tickets

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — The West Virginia Senate Transportation Committee advanced a bill that would give amnesty to drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked because of unpaid tickets that are more than 10 years old.

The bill advanced Friday would let those drivers get their licenses back without paying the fines, although the fines would remain on the books.

Commercial drivers' licenses or any citation having to do with a commercial vehicle are excluded from amnesty.

The amnesty period would last for one year.

The bill's lead sponsor Sen. William Laird, D-Fayette, said that West Virginia suspends or revokes 90,000 licenses per year, and 54,000 of those are for non-payment of fines.

Laird said that in rural counties with little public transportation revoking a license is akin to sentencing someone to unemployment.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press