Judges offering license restoration workshop

LISBON — The judges of the Columbiana County Municipal Court have announced another license restoration workshop has been scheduled at the court building on Saltwell Road from 1-3 p.m. April 26.

This workshop, which is open to any county resident, will provide drivers who are under a license suspension an opportunity to sit down one-to one with representatives from the Youngstown District Bureau of Motor Vehicles office to learn the exact steps necessary to get their licenses restored, or at least to get limited privileges to drive to and from work or other necessary destinations.

Interested drivers can call the court at 424-5326 during normal court hours to schedule an appointment.

Judge Mark Frost noted that this session marks 10 years since the court first offered this service to the public.

“I remember when Judge Carol Robb, along with local BMV supervisor Darlene Jones, first came up with this idea to help get drivers legal,” he said. “It didn’t take long for them to convince me, since the steps necessary to help these folks involved making sure they were insured and responsible, while allowing them to keep employment and to provide for their families.”

Judge Charles C. Amato has also been an enthusiastic supporter of the workshops, noting that, “This program is not designed to put dangerous drivers back on the road. Instead, we want to help those folks who have become ensnared by the complicated requirements of the licensing and insurance laws to get back to being responsible.”

The workshop is unique in the state of Ohio, according to the judges, who explained that many courts use staff members to assist drivers in dealing with the sometimes confusing steps needed to get legal. But this program, they noted, is the only one in Ohio where the BMV actually comes to meet with drivers, to take payments, to set up payment plans, and to give a road map to license restoration.

In many cases, the attendees leave with their license restored or at least with limited driving privileges. In all cases they leave with knowledge of what they must do to get and stay legal.

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