HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two men are suing Pennsylvania’s governor and Transportation Department officials to challenge a state law that suspends driver’s licenses for even the most minor drug convictions.

The lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Philadelphia seeks to stop the state from suspending licenses for drug offenses that are unrelated to traffic safety.

The plaintiffs say the suspensions violate constitutional protections and play havoc with the lives of criminal defendants, making it harder for them to stay employed, keep medical appointments or care for family members.

They say some 150,000 Pennsylvanians have temporarily lost their licenses because of drug convictions since 2011.

A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t commenting on the lawsuit, but notes Wolf supports a pending proposal in the Legislature to overturn the automatic suspension law.

(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Plus PA deni these minor violations access to the limited work license. From this article https://www.licenserestoration.com/2018/01/penndot-sued-license-suspension-law-minor-drug-cases it states;

    o make this matter worse for those trying to recover – the current law specifically denies access to the Limited Work License or OLL. The OLL allows a limited type license to drive for work, school, and medical reasons during very restricted hours. A driver must apply for this limited license and must make additional proof they maintain valid insurance and registration for vehicles they wish to operate. This restricted license would be a wonderful option for those trying to recover…even with the enhanced restrictions they could maintain some mobility for a smoother recovery.

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