DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A workshop answering questions about the state’s new driver license reinstatement program was held Monday morning.
Organizers of the event said since it is a brand new program, many people have many questions and that was apparent by the impressive turnout.
It was a packed parking lot on President’s Day at the Northwest Library branch in Dayton, full of people attending the first driver’s license reinstatement workshop.
“I know that Montgomery County has one of the highest rates in the state for people that have drivers licenses suspended, I think over 200,000,” said Bill Dudley, one of the organizers with Miami Valley Organizing Collaborative. “I think Ohio ranks second in the nation as far as how many people have had their licenses suspended.”
From January 31 – July 31, individuals who have had their drivers license suspended for a number of offenses could be eligible for a fee reduction or dismissal.
“People live in food deserts, and they need access to drive to get healthy food, need to drive to have access to healthcare, to get to their jobs, so while this fee program is new, we hope it can be expanded upon and last longer,” said Dudley.
Tamika was one attendee who received one-on-one attention to answer her questions while being walked trough the process.
Tamika said she owes $1,400 in fees, and hoped to learn she was eligible even though she had already entered into a payment plan.
“The payment plan, that’s not really working for me because it’s so long term and it involves me paying more money than I can afford,” said Tamika.
Dudley said they are planning more question and answer sessions in Montgomery County later but they have not yet been scheduled.