NY to let poor keep driver licenses while slowly paying off traffic fines

State lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation that will allow people facing traffic fines to keep their driver’s licenses while paying off their debts.

The legislation creates a payment plan for people facing traffic fines, tickets and fees. It also ends license suspensions for people who miss court appearances related to traffic tickets.

The goal is to provide people who owe money a way to get to work or court, Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter, D-Syracuse, has said. That way, they can start paying off their debts instead of watching the system pile on more fines and fees, she has said.