60,000 Virginians are driving again thanks to a temporary policy change. State lawmaker wants to make this program permanent

Melissa Adams is behind the wheel of her car again six years after having her driver’s license suspended because of unpaid court debt.

“It makes all the difference in the world that I can actually get to work and back, take my son somewhere, get to school activities or take him to doctor’s appointments — things that had been hindered in the past,” said Adams, 35, of Danville.

Adams is among nearly 60,000 people who had their driving privileges restored because of action Gov. Ralph Northam took to halt the practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of those who didn’t promptly pay their court debts.