376,000 PA drivers have their licenses suspended for unpaid traffic tickets. That’s more than the population of Pittsburgh.
According to PennDOT, 376,000 drivers — 29,000 in Allegheny County — have their license suspended for failure to pay or respond.
In Pennsylvania, many traffic fines are as little as $25. But it can be hard to tell that from the court paperwork. The fine is just one of several itemized costs that can add up to well over $150.
Court fines and fees generate important revenue. But for some people, they’re an insurmountable hurdle.
Stories about how court fines and fees deepen poverty and entangle people in the legal system.