Anyone caught driving under the influence in DC could have their license immediately suspended under new legislation
Councilmember At-Large Christina Henderson is behind one of the bills that seeks to suspend licenses and registration before a conviction in certain situations. "This is happening across the region. I think this is just a small slice, but I think it's something that we can tighten up, and also double down on the idea and belief that driving is a privilege," Henderson told WUSA9. Under current D.C. laws, a driver's license is suspended following a conviction of certain traffic violations. "Knowing what the backlog at the courts look like, it could be several months until someone could have a case adjudicated, and technically during that time, an individual that is not detained pretrial can continue to drive; and I thought that was a loop hole in the system," Henderson added. "The Department of Motor Vehicles is showing far less convictions then what DC Superior courts processed. So what they are going through, DMV, is an audit process going back ten years to check every record to make sure they are accurate and up to date," Henderson said.