When you get a traffic ticket, you get a fine and you have to pay it by a certain date. If you don't pay it, they suspend your drivers license. And then, if you get a ticket driving while suspended, they suspend you more and you could go to jail. I have seen many judges give people 30+ days in jail for driving while suspended. After all, it is an intentional violation of the law. But... What if someone can't pay? What if the ticket was for a seatbelt violation and the options were paying rent or paying that ticket? It has always been unfair to the poor. In a landmark decision a Federal Court last week ordered Michigan to stop this. They can no longer suspend someone who can't pay!