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Law ends state license suspensions for non-driving offenses

April 23, 2019 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new Pennsylvania state law is now in effect, ending the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for those convicted of certain non-highway safety violations, including drug offenses.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the legislation in October and it took effect Monday. In a statement, Wolf says the change removes a roadblock for someone who needs a valid driver’s license to find and keep a job, especially where public transportation isn’t readily accessible.

Wolf’s administration says the law means the state will no longer automatically suspend some 20,000 licenses annually.

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The new law also applies to carrying a false identification and some offenses committed by children, including the purchase of tobacco products.

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