WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Since 2009, Brenda Kennett has been watching the cost of a handful of minor traffic violations add up, reaching about $1,500 in fines and fees.

On Friday, she brought her balance to zero and soon will get her license restored after paying just $100, thanks to a program aimed at helping low-income Vermont motorists.

She was among dozens who participated in License Restoration Day, which allowed motorists in Windsor County to have their driving privileges restored for a fraction of the amount they owe.

“If it wasn’t for this program, I wouldn’t be paying my tickets. I wouldn’t be able to afford it,” said Kennett, 51, of North Springfield, who said her infractions included speeding and driving with a suspended license.

The program is especially for drivers who cannot afford to pay their traffic fines and end up in a cycle of law-breaking when they must drive for work or other reasons. They sometimes are arrested and re-arrested for driving with a suspended license.

The Windsor County license restoration program is the second held in Vermont. An earlier one in Chittenden County helped about 1,200 northwestern Vermont residents clear up more than 6,700 tickets, and it brought in almost $150,000 to the state.

Anyone with outstanding fines can participate, but it is aimed at people who are most likely to have trouble paying their fines.

The program allows people to pay $25 per outstanding ticket. More serious traffic offenses, such as driving under the influence, are not eligible.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan said the program helps break a cycle of poverty and lawbreaking worsened by the reality that many violators need to drive.

“If you look around the room today, if you talk to these folks, they are living on the margins of poverty. They want to do the right thing,” said Donovan, who traveled from Burlington to White River Junction on Friday. “We’ve got to make it available and possible for them to do the right thing. Twenty-five dollars does do that.”

Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen said there were about 1,400 people in the county whose licenses have been suspended because they haven’t paid their tickets. He speculated that most just can’t afford to pay what they owe.

“If you are minimum wage, a single mother who gets a stop sign ticket for 150 bucks, you might not be able to pay that and those people go under suspension,” he said. “And then in order to get to work, get to day care, whatever it is, the person drives,” risking getting another ticket.

“At a certain point it becomes hopeless,” he said.

Kainene said state law needs to change to address the problem.