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FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2012 file photo, A man heads into the the Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

(Harrisburg) — 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.

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