Free to Drive Coalition Launch Event

Driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines and fees are cruel, counterproductive, and harmful to millions of people. Nationwide, there are at least 11 million driver’s license suspensions for unpaid court debt. People who lose their license often lose their jobs; they can’t go to the doctor, attend church, take care of their families or get to court.

In the past two years, 6 states have stopped suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid fines and fees, and many more are considering abolishing the practice. To accelerate reform nationwide, we’re launching the Free to Drive campaign to end debt-based driver’s license suspensions. Over 100 organizations from around the country have already joined.

You are invited to join us for the campaign launch in Washington, DC on September 10, 2019. You will hear from experts across various sectors – civil rights, healthcare, business, reentry who will discuss the far-reaching impacts of driver’s license suspension. You will also hear from the advocates, lawyers, and policy makers leading the charge for reform. Most importantly, you’ll hear directly from some of the people harmed by this injustice.

The event will include speakers from the ACLU, Uber, Civil Rights Corps, Legal Aid Justice Center, Right on Crime, Fines and Fees Justice Center, and other organizations. The full agenda is detailed below.

During the launch event, Free to Drive will unveil a powerful resource for advocates and policymakers in their efforts to achieve reform. The national driver’s license suspension map details brand-new, comprehensive data, state-by-state information on driver’s license suspension, and stories of impacted individuals across the country.

Immediately following the program, join us for networking & a cocktail reception.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to confirm attendance for the event. The Eventbrite page includes a full agenda.