Providence drivers with suspended licenses, unpaid fines can get aid

Providence’s major cause for arrests is not drunk driving, drug use, disorderly perform, or violent offenses.

It can be driving with no a license.

That is what Mayor Jorge Elorza disclosed on Wednesday right after an operations evaluate of the law enforcement office.

“We’d by no means carried out a little something like this, so it was shocking to us, but that brought about us to go even further into the info,” Elorza mentioned.

Bret Jacob, who serves as the city’s director of investigate advancement and an LGBTQIA+ liaison, discovered that the principal explanation all those arrested did not have licenses was unpaid court docket fines and fees.

“The metropolis of Providence basically has been arresting people for staying bad,” Elorza mentioned.

The Rhode Island DMV

As a outcome of the city’s results, the mayor introduced the start out of a $724,000 driver’s license restoration application to assist those people who are  buried in fines and fees.

The software will be funded by $700,000 of American Rescue System Act dollars and the remainder will be grant funding.

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