February 20, 2020

Drivers license suspension for unpaid fines is too harsh [Orlando Sentinel]

Florida will suspend a person’s drivers license if they fail to pay court fines and fees for civil and criminal traffic infractions, such as a speeding ticket or an expired tag.

While drivers license suspension has long been used as a compliance tool to collect payments, the primary source of funding for the state’s Clerks of Courts, this practice only works for those who have the ability to pay. For the many Floridians who cannot afford to pay their court fines and fees, drivers license suspension only compounds their financial distress.

In 2017, Florida suspended the driving privileges of roughly half a million people for failure to pay non-criminal traffic violations, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Florida Policy Institute.

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