Over 32,000 Arkansans have had their driver’s license suspended for failure to appear and/or failure to pay fines. These suspensions can cost taxpayers millions of dollars per year, place strain on the court system, and take law-enforcement away from critical duties.
Driver’s license suspension can make it impossible to gain employment, drive children to school, or take care of a family. As the necessity to drive increases, many choose to drive on suspended licenses, which can often lead to reincarceration. Nearly 54% of Arkansas incarcerations are due to technical violations of their supervision.
Driver’s license reinstatement fees are high, and many cannot afford to pay, so they drive on a suspended license. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration show less than 17% of the reinstatement fees are paid each year. Reform would be a small cost to the state, but a big investment in helping Arkansas families.
Driver’s licenses should only be suspended for driving violations and serious infractions of the law, not used to make life harder for those trying to make a living and pay their fines, fees, and restitution.
Urge your lawmakers to support legislation to improves Arkansas’s driver’s license suspension laws!