Our Sound Alliance team of leaders continues to research the issues our neighbors in Washington State face when they incur debt due to traffic or parking related tickets and fines.
We are currently working on a legislative campaign to change laws around the criminalization of traffic fines and fees. This criminalization disproportionately affects people of color, with cascading collateral effects on employment and contact with the criminal justice system. We have signed on to the Washington Drivers Relicensing Taskforce to join in the fight to change laws, court rules and regulations, and the economic structure that creates this “ticket to debtor’s prison” for low-income communities.In addition, we are identifying financial counseling services to partner with as an alternative to debt collection services that could help people handle debt incurred from traffic fees and fines and avoid contact with the criminal justice system. This partnership will also provide pathways to healthy loan opportunities, moving power away from predatory lending schemes.