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Michigan wins appeal on driver's license suspension

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Michigan Secretary of State

The state of Michigan has won an appeal on driver's license suspensions.

An appeals court has overturned an injunction that stopped Michigan from suspending the licenses of people who can't afford to pay traffic fines.

The federal court says the state's policy does not conflict with certain rights under the U.S. Constitution.

The court said on Wednesday that the policy might be "counterproductive." That's especially if a driver's license suspension prevents someone from traveling to a job and making money.

But in a 2-1 decision, the court said the policy is "rationally related” to the state's interest in promptly collecting fines.

Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Public. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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