New law changes how driver licenses are suspended/revoked

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's something that more than one million Floridians experienced between 2012 and 2013 - having their driver licenses suspended or revoked.

Lots of them came from non-moving violations and lawmakers set out to change that with a new bill.

A recent state report shows that out of those 1.3 million Florida driver licenses revoked or suspended in a year, 167,000 had nothing to do with driving.

"If you have your license taken away, how are you're going to get to work and stuff like that?" Asked Tavin Crawford, a Tallahassee resident.

That's how most state lawmakers feel. This session the legislature approved a measure changing how licenses can be sanctioned.

The bill prevents judges from suspending a license for a first offense of not appearing in court for a worthless check charge. It also reduces the length of a revoked license for drug related convictions from two years to one year.

Only three lawmakers voted against the measure and some agree with it passing.

"I think it's a good thing now that they've changed it to where you won't be penalized for those things that didn't have anything to do with your driving rights," Crawford said.

According to the state report, here's a list of non-moving violations causing people to lose their licenses:

- Failure to pay court fees

- Not paying child support

- Conviction of a drug-related offense and more.

The numbers will drastically go down with the new law, which has yet to be signed by Governor Rick Scott.

"Definitely hands down I think it's a good move," Crawford added.


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