Regulation

Indiana Must Restore License to Uninsured Driver

She didn't even own a car, so had no reason for insurance

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Indianapolis – To prevent a working mom of six children from facing financial "disaster and ruin," a Marion County judge today granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and private counsel Scott DeVries against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which reinstates the mom's driving privileges, and may pave the way for thousands of Hoosiers faced with similar circumstances to obtain redress.

"This decision is important, not only for our plaintiff, but for the thousands of people who are being unfairly deprived of their licenses by the application of a law for which no rules have even been issued," said Ken Falk, the ACLU of Indiana's legal director. Falk added, "The court's ruling makes clear that merely possessing a driver's license does not necessarily require someone to have auto insurance, and it is unlawful for the BMV to punish people who have not violated the law and to proceed with unpromulgated regulations."