Nearly 2 Million People Cannot Legally Drive due to a Suspended License in Florida

Driver’s license suspensions cost ALL Floridians!

Drivers license suspensions impact people’s livelihoods. Most jobs, especially in Florida, require a driver’s license. In fact, 86% of all Americans drive to work. Especially for low-income earners, not having a license is a matter of survival. After suspension, many people have no choice but to continue driving to support themselves and their families, and to try to escape debtor’s prison — meaning they risk more fines and fees, criminal conviction, and incarceration.

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of driver’s license suspensions in Florida are for unpaid fines and fees, not for unsafe driving.

suspension notices were sent to Florida drivers last year because of overdue court debt.

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of Americans drive to work and many jobs require a driver’s license.

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The cost of law enforcement pursuing suspended licenses far exceeds any revenue driven to the state by these fines and fees.

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Driver’s license suspensions are counterproductive and ineffective. 

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Once a license is suspended, people are often forced to choose between driving illegally in order to provide for themselves and their families or complying with the law.

Driver’s license suspensions hurt the economy

 

People who can’t work or who lose income due to a suspended license not only have less money to pay off their initial fines and fees, but they also have less money to contribute to our overall economy. Businesses, especially small ones, that rely on drivers are also heavily impacted by license suspensions. Fines and fees are not a reliable source of revenue for Florida — less than 4% are ever paid!

Suspensions do not make us safer.

When law enforcement uses their time to cite, stop, fine and arrest people for driving with a suspended license due to unpaid fines and fees, they have less time to investigate crimes that actually endanger peoples’ lives. The cost of law enforcement pursuing suspended licenses far exceeds any revenue driven to the state by these fines and fees.

Our Mission

To increase community awareness regarding the impact of outstanding court fines and fees that impact individuals ability to be self-sufficient.

In 2019, 1.2 million suspension notices were sent to Florida drivers because of overdue court debt.

That’s one out of every fifteen drivers — in just one year. Between 2015-2019, more than 5.8 million suspension notices were issued for unpaid court debt.