The most commonly charged crime in Washington state – Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree (DWLS3) – disproportionately impacts poor people, young people, and people of color, and does little to keep us safe.
Suspending drivers’ licenses and filing DWLS3 charges drains criminal justice resources and unduly burdens poor people with unnecessary criminal convictions that can affect employment and housing opportunities. There are better and more effective options for holding people accountable for failure to pay traffic citations.
Urge legislators to keep drivers licensed and insured and end debt-based licenses suspensions for moving violations.
Message Recipients: Washington State Senate and House.