When Floridians have 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 and retain employment, drive children to school, or take care of a family member. As the necessity to drive increases in communities with no public transportation, many choose to drive on suspended licenses, which can often lead to incarceration.
Driver’s license reinstatement fees are high, and many cannot afford to pay, so they drive on a suspended license. Reform would be a small cost to the state, but a big investment in helping Florida 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.
HB 557 would make it so that non-driving-related offenses aren’t unduly punished through driver’s license suspension. Instead, the bill would implement an affordable payment plan for those that owe fines or fees.
Urge your lawmakers to support HB 557 to improves Florida’s driver’s license suspension laws!