Court rules mother can keep driver's license after BMV suspends it 8 years after traffic violation

ACLU intervenes on woman's behalf

INDIANAPOLIS - A Bloomington mother has won her fight to keep her driver’s license.

Leslee Orndorff received a letter from the BMV this summer stating she qualified as a Habitual Traffic Violator and her driver’s license would be suspended for 10 years -- through May 27, 2022.
           
Orndorff had 17 convictions on her driving record, with her last conviction in May 2004, but due to a computer glitch, Orndorff was able to get a driver's license with the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles in 2008.

Since then, she has had no infractions, transports her children, and has been working as a personal care attendant to the elderly.
           
With the help of the ACLU, Orndorff filed a lawsuit.
          
Wednesday, the State Court of Appeals agreed Orndoff’s license should not be suspended.

“The BMV not only failed to notify Orndorff of her HTV status for eight years after she qualified as an HTV, but it also issued her a valid driver’s license that she has now held for four years," read the appeals court ruling. “After obtaining her driver’s license, Orndorff accepted employment that requires that she be able to transport her clients or run errands on their behalf.”
           
“We’re obviously very happy she will be able to keep her license,” said Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana. “It would have been devastating for her to lose her license.”
           
When questioned by the Call 6 Investigators in July, a spokesperson said the state doesn’t have the option to forget about suspending habitual traffic offenders.
           
“Our attorneys just got the ruling, so at this point we don’t have a comment until they can look at what it has to say,” said Dennis Rosebrough, when contacted by the Call 6 Investigators Thursday.
           
Orndorff was allowed to keep her driver’s license during the appeals process.

To read the full court ruling, click here

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