ACLU Files Suit Against BMV

Suit Says BMV Unlawfully Suspended Woman's License

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles in response to the suspension of a woman's driver's license.

The suit said the woman received a letter from the BMV saying that her license would be suspended for a year because she did not carry auto insurance, despite the fact that she did not own a car and was not legally required to have insurance.

The ACLU's suit alleges that the BMV's actions are contrary to Indiana law and violate the due process guarantee of the U.S. Constitution.

The group is asking that the BMV be required to reinstate the woman's driving privileges.

"It makes no sense to punish persons when they are not violating Indiana law," said Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana, in a news release. "The action is particularly troublesome given the profound and immediate impact, economic and otherwise, that loss of ability to drive brings. This harms not only the individual, but the public at large."

The suit also includes a request for class action on behalf of other Hoosiers who might have has a similar experience with the BMV.

RTV6's calls to the BMV for comment were not immediately returned.

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