hawaii driver's license

Hawaii Driver’s License Discrimination Case

A lawsuit filed last year in Hawaii by Faith Action for Community Equity is starting to gain traction.  The lawsuit claims that driver’s license exams discriminate against those whose first language isn’t English.  This week, the US Department of Justice announced its support of the lawsuit by stating that the exam should be offered in multiple languages.  Offering the exam in multiple languages would provide much needed aid to many Hawaii residents who would have better access to employment, education, and healthcare as a result of the change.

To read the full article, click this link from the Washington Times.

Illinois Bill

Bill would end driver’s license forfeiture

A new bill proposed in Illinois by state Senator Michael Noland would remove the necessity for driver’s to give up their license when issued a ticket.  Currently, the system requires anyone who receives a ticket to give their license over as a means of incentivizing people to show up for their court date.  However, this causes a huge nuisance when people are traveling, checking into a hotel, buying medicine, etc.

The new bill relies on a written agreement that the offender will sign, thus promising to show up in court or pay the fine on time.  If people still don’t show up for their court date, the court will have the power to suspend your license.

To read the full article, please visit The Daily Herald’s website.

NY driver's license

21 People Indicted For Connection To Commercial Driver’s License Cheating Conspiracy

In Albany, NY, 21 people were indicted for cheating on their driver’s license exam.  The defendants were accused of paying thousands of dollars to people for them to take their Commercial Driver’s License written exams.

Charges include offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree (class E felony) and false statements, alteration of records, or substitution in connection with an examination (misdemeanor).  To read the full article, click this link from VINNews.com.

Wanted man trieds to use fake id

Wanted man tries to cash in casino winnings with fake ID

Ray Maestas attempted to cash in his winnings at a casino using a fake ID.  Maestas had three separate felony warrants out for his arrest, and will finally face trial on Saturday morning.

Police were finally able to put Maestas behind bars by scanning his driver’s license and discovering it was fake.  Police immediately ran several background checks on Maestas, and discovered his past criminal history.  It was also reported that Ray Maestas also had a bag of morphine in powder form in his pocket when arrested.

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