(Indianapolis, Ind.) - An estimated 4,000 Hoosiers will have their licenses reinstated following an agreement between the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the ACLU, who sued the agency last summer over proof-of-insurance issues.
According to The Indianapolis Star, under a state law passed in 2010, the BMV was authorized to randomly select people in the Previously Uninsured Motorist Registry and check to see if they have insurance.
The ACLU argued that the BMV's actions violated Indiana law and due process as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Simply, just because you have a license, doesn't mean you have to have insurance.
"I am hopeful that the BMV will go back to the General Assembly in 2013 to change this law so that Hoosiers are not again subject to unlawful and unconstitutional suspensions of their driving privileges," said ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk. "We recommend that before driving people check their driving status with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which they can do by phone or online if they have computer access."
The case was filed on behalf of a woman who had her license suspended for not having insurance, but had not driven a car since 2010.