Oklahoma court rules delayed license hearings unacceptable

Posted at 3:27 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 16:27:00-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An appeals court has ruled that the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety's failure to schedule timely driver's license revocation hearings in 23 drunk-driving cases should result in those revocation actions being dismissed.

The Oklahoman reports that the department plans to appeal the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals' decisions to the state Supreme Court.

The court's decision involves cases in which motorists requested hearings on whether their driver's licenses should be revoked, and hearings were delayed for 13 to 19 months after they were requested.

According to the department, scheduling a hearing is dictated by the large volume of requests, the availability of witnesses and the limited number of department hearing officers and staff members.