NJ on verge of cutting back driver’s license suspensions for crimes

New Jersey would scale back, though not eliminate, the use of driver’s license suspensions as a punishment for offenses that aren’t related to safely operating a motor vehicle, under a bill on the cusp of legislative approval. Mandatory license suspensions would be eliminated for 11 crimes. A judge would gain discretion to decide whether to order licenses suspended for seven other categories of crimes, as well as for cases in which a warrant is issued for unpaid child support. “We’ve seen too many people get caught up in the vicious cycle of not being able to get a license because they can’t pay fines, but they can’t get to and from work to earn money to pay the fines if they can’t get a license,” said Assemblyman James Kennedy, D-Union…